Incumbent Gordon Mayor Filed Election Challenge - BATTLE IN COURTRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Oct 06 2020 11:34 PM
GORDON: Today was the grand finale of the municipal elections in the State of Alabama.
In the primary election the incumbent mayor, Shana Ray, was defeated as Mayor. Sorry at this time I do not know his name but he is a past Mayor.
Following the primary election the incumbent mayor filed an election contest. She filed an Affidavit of Substantial Hardship alleging she could not afford the filing fee and required bond fee to contest the election.
We are not posting that document.
The court case is assigned to 20th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford. On September 3rd ( where we begin with the documents ) Judge Binford denies the hardship motion.
The Petition To Contest The Mayoral Election In The Town of Gordon the Incumbent Mayor makes several allegations: some ballots only had two names when they should have had two; poll workers failed to notify the election manager the machine was rejecting ballots; citizens handed ballots without secrecy envelopes; citizens denied the right to have assistance; citizens threatened if they came to vote they would be put in jail; poll workers would pick who voted provisional.
On September 15, 2020 Judge Binford entered a order noting several items; the person certified as the winner is not named as a defendant and time has expired to add as a defendant. The law states "a party" has 5 days to respond but the Town of Gordon is not a party to the election so the 5 days does not apply.
The City Clerk filed a response to the complaint.
On September 21, Judge Binford entered an order the Clerk of the City of Gordon is not a licensed attorney and the Town of Gordon must file an answer with a licensed attorney.
On October 5 the attorney for the Town of Gordon, Cliff Jarrett filed a notice of appearance for the Town of Gordon and a Answer to the Petition. A lot of the allegations are admitted to in the response and a hearing is requested.
WHILE THE ALLEGATIONS might have some merit to them, the court's order of September 15, 2020 gives a hint as to what could happen. While the election is for the Town of Gordon leadership, the election is the candidates and not the Town of Gordon. Since it did not name the person who is alleged to have the most votes, the issue might possibly be out of the reach of the court to intervene.
But the election results have not be certified as "official" as of yet. And it is my unofficial understanding all of the election materials have been delivered to Houston County Sheriff Major Bill Rafferty for safe keeping.
Major Rafferty is the case officer against the former Mayor for election issues. His residence at this time is 901 East Main Street, Dothan, Alabama, AKA the Houston County Jail. Melton is serving time for Absentee Ballot Fraud. CLICK FOR JAIL INFORMATION.