A Judge in Mississippi, has ordered that there will be a new runoff election for the alderman seat after evidence of fraud was found to have been significant enough to have altered the outcome of the election.
“In the sixty-four-page order, Judge Jeff Weill not only calls for a new election but also finds evidence of fraud and criminal activity, in how absentee ballots were handled, how votes were counted, and the actions by some at the polling place,” local news reports.
The race in question – a Democratic primary – occurred in Ward 1 or Aberdeen, Mississippi for the position of alderman between candidates Robert Devaull and Nicholas Holliday.
An arrest warrant was issued and executed for an Aberdeen notary, Dallas Jones, in her connection to the fraud.
WCBI got the full scoop and you’re going to want to read what they said:
A judge is ordering a new runoff election for the Ward 1 alderman seat in Aberdeen.
In the sixty-four-page order, Judge Jeff Weill not only calls for a new election but also finds evidence of fraud and criminal activity, in how absentee ballots were handled, how votes were counted, and the actions by some at the polling place.
Judge Weill found many irregularities with absentee ballots. He issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized absentee ballots. During a hearing, Jones admitted violating notary duties.
“When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, you vote, fold the ballot, put it in an envelope, lick the flap, sign across the flap, then notary signs your election certificate, she testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, didn’t see anybody sign it, she just notarized it, just stamped them,” said Lydia Quarles, attorney for Robert Devaull.
In fact, Jones testified that she was called to the home of then Alderwoman Lady Garth in June to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork. While there, Jones testified she notarized “about 30 something ballots.”
The judge also found that 83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers.
And there appears to be evidence that a Democrat Mayor was involved:
WTVA added to the story too:
A new Ward 1 election will be held in Aberdeen after a court says it found evidence of voting irregularities and fraud.
According to certified results from the June 16, 2020, run-off election, Nicholas Holliday defeated Robert Devaull 177-140.
As a result of an investigation into the matter, the court says it found evidence of improper handling of ballots; polling place and ballot box irregularities; and fraud.
The court ordered a new primary run-off election, the arrest of notary Dallas Jones, and ordered two individuals to pay fines together totaling $75.
Jones has since been arrested and charged with voter fraud.
This is just a low level election, imagine what they do in the bigger election.
Hats off to Judge Weil for calling out the fraud something our Supreme Court was unwilling to do.