Following overwhelming evidence of mail-in ballot fraud, a Mississippi judge ruled in favor of a new 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 election in question was a Democratic primary for the position of alderman in Ward 1 of Aberdeen, Mississippi, between candidates Robert Devaull and Nicholas Holliday.
The judge’s decision revealed that sixty-six of the eighty-four absentee ballots cast in the June runoff were fraudulent, accounting for nearly 79 percent of the total.
Notary Dallas Jones, the person in charge of approving the forged ballots, testified that she notarized “about 30 something ballots” at one house alone.
83 regular ballots were also counted without being initialed by election workers, according to the investigation.
“The court is of the opinion there is probable cause that several individuals involved in the disturbances during election day at the polling precinct ‘willfully and corruptly violated’ one or more of the above criminal statutes,” court filings state. “The court will leave to the appropriate authorities to determine whether the actions of Maurice Howard, Henry Randle and S. Nicholas Holliday amounted to prosecutable crimes.”
The judge wasn’t done, however. He also found evidence of voter intimidation.
Judge Weill also said there was clear evidence of voter intimidation and harassment at the polling place on election day. State law says candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from the polling place. In his ruling, the judge said Holliday, along with Police Chief Henry Randle, and former Mayor Maurice Howard acted as if they were above the law, repeatedly violating criminal statutes, according to Trending Politics.
The Mississippi race brings attention to an issue that 2020 voters find all-too-familiar.