(Republican Insider) – Democrats seem to have a problem with election integrity at all levels. A local Democratic primary held in June of 2020 for the Ward 1 alderman seat in Aberdeen, Mississippi, has been proven to be totally fraudulent.
A judge has ordered that a new runoff election be held and has also found evidence of fraud and criminal activity in the way absentee ballots were handled, how the votes were counted, and the behavior of some at the polling place.
In his ruling, Judge Jeff Weill said that 66 of 84 absentee ballots cast in the runoff should never have been counted because they weren’t valid.
The result of the fraudulent election was Nicholas Holliday being declared the winner by a 37-vote margin but his opponent, Robert Devaull, took the results to court. Now the result will be a new election.
The judge issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized absentee ballots, after he found many irregularities among the ballots. During a hearing, Jones admitted that she had violated her notary duties.
Attorney for Robert Devaull, Lydie Quarles, said, “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.”
Jones further testified that she had been called to then Alderwoman Lady Garth’s home in June to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork but while she was there, Jones says she notarized “about 30 something ballots.”
Judge Weill also discovered that 83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers. He also said there was “clear evidence of voter intimidation and harassment at the polling place on Election Day,” according to local news outlet WCBI.
According to state law, candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from polling places but the judge said that Holliday, along with Police Chief Henry Randle and former Mayor Maurice Howard, “acted as if they were above the law, repeatedly violating criminal statutes.”
Devaull hopes that the judge’s ruling and order for a new election will result in a fair contest absent of voter fraud for the Ward 1 seat.
“It was always a lot of distraction in Ward 1, that’s what I said earlier, I would like to see, going forward, that be cleaned up, people being able to come and go, vote for who they want to,” Devaull said.
It looks as though every single election that took place in the year 2020 should be reviewed. Of course, that’ll never happen, but this case shows just how easy it is for only a couple people to drastically manipulate the outcome of any given election.
This is exactly why we need sweeping election reform in the US. If Americans are ever going to trust in elections again, Republicans must put in the work now to ensure voter fraud is near impossible in the future.
America is hanging in the balance as we speak. We cannot afford anymore stolen elections.
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