UPDATED at 2:54 PM: 56 Counts of Voter FraudMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 09 2014 1:37 PM
We have learned that arrest may be forthcoming in reference to 56 counts of voter fraud. Stay tuned as more information as it comes available we will update.
UPDATED @ 2:54 PM
Charges were filed Friday against three women accused of voter fraud in Dothan’s most recent election held August 6, 2013. They are charged with criminal misconduct for their role in the race for District Two commissioner. Amos Newsome won re-election by a 362-348 margin last year amid allegations of misconduct. Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes confirmed the arrests when contacted by WDHN/DothanFirst.com/RSN.
Those charged include Olivia Reynolds, Newsome’s longtime girlfriend, who faces 26 counts; Janice Hart, charged with ten counts; and Lisa Coleman who is accused in twenty counts of voter fraud. All are Class C felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison on each count.
Newsome’s win came on the strength of absentee ballots that favored him by a 119-5. That brought complaints of possible wrongdoing by Danzey and her supporters. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation spanning several weeks and involving more than 100 witnesses. The findings were turned over to District Attorney Doug Valeska.
A civil challenge was filed in Houston County Circuit Court seeking to have Danzey declared the winner of the race. However, the case was dismissed in January upon agreement of attorneys representing Danzey and Newsome. It’s not immediately clear if the charges could alter the outcome of the election. Danzey could not immediately reached for comment.
A story published August 8 on DothanFirst.com indicated several ballots were apparently mailed to people at homes where they haven’t resided in several years. It’s not clear why the applications were mailed to the wrong address but some people said they believe others voted using their name.
Specifically, the defendants are accused of violation of Section 17 of the Alabama Criminal Code. The statute reads “Any person who willfully changes an absentee voter's ballot to the extent that it does not reflect the voter's true ballot, any person who willfully votes more than once by absentee ballot in the same election, any person who willfully votes for another voter or falsifies absentee ballot applications or verification documents so as to vote absentee, or any person who solicits, encourages, urges, or otherwise promotes illegal absentee voting, shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class C felony. Any person who willfully aids any person unlawfully to vote an absentee ballot, any person who knowingly and unlawfully votes an absentee ballot, and any voter who votes both an absentee and a regular ballot at any election shall be similarly punished.“
It’s believed most of the charges involved the signing of affidavits associated with absentee ballots. Copies of the warrants were not immediately available for public view.
Bond was set at $2,500 on each charge against Reynolds, Hart, and Coleman.
These individuals were involved in this election process for June 3, 2014. According to sources, these three individuals have been handling absentee voting for Alabama House of Representatives Candidate Ron Wilson.
In fact, the actions on Wilson's campaign is some of what has triggered the final outcome of the arrests.
Allegations are also that Wilson has not lived in the district he is running for one year prior to the election date of June 3, 2014. During Christmas 2013 Wilson was living in the residence he has lived since being in Dothan. That residence is not in the District which he is running but in the district of Steve Clouse.
A challenge to the Wilson campaign was filed with the Alabama Republican Executive Committee. The committee refused to deny Wilson ballot access. Should Wilson be successful in the primary election of June 3 against Bobby Lewis, a challenge is expected to be filed.
Sources have provided information some locals on the Republican Executive Committee helped Wilson in changing his driver license to another address in the district. The Republican assistance is the reason, according to some, the Republican party refused to deny Wilson ballot access.
It is an Alabama State Law that, anyone seeking office for Alabama House of Representative, MUST reside in the district for one year prior to the election.
The Republican ( I am non party I am an Alabamian and an American ) party refused to obey the laws of the State of Alabama.