|U.S. Department of Justice |
Civil Rights Division
|Office of the Assistant Attorney General||Washington, DC 20530|
| ||September 9, 2005|
The Honorable Eric Clark
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0136
Dear Mr. Clark:
I can only imagine the host of burdens facing you and other Mississippi officials. I write to express my sympathy and also to ease your burdens in at least one respect. Specifically, I am aware that the State of Mississippi has school board elections and school board runoff elections scheduled for November 8 and November 22, 2005. No doubt the devastation and disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina may necessitate the postponement and rescheduling of those elections. Please be assured that the Civil Rights Division stands ready to expedite the review of any and all submissions of voting changes (especially scheduling and polling place changes) resulting from Hurricane Katrina which the State and/or its subdivisions submit to our Voting Section for review under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The Civil Rights Division is committed to working with you and other State and local officials in the affected areas in order to help ease the added burdens caused by this disaster. Our Voting Section staff is available to assist in any way that they can. The Voting Section's toll-free telephone number is 800-253-3931. The Section 5 team leader and point of contact for Mississippi submissions is Ms. Rickie J. Dobson and she can be reached directly at 202-514-8691.
Our thoughts are with you and the people of Mississippi during this difficult period.Sincerely, /s/
Bradley J. Schlozman
Acting Assistant Attorney General
cc: Haley Barbour
Governor, State of Mississippi