- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

QUITMAN, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia woman who put sealed absentee ballots in the mail for friends and relatives has been acquitted of 19 felony charges of voting irregularities.

According to the Fulton County Daily Report (https://bit.ly/1uLsg9p ) Lula Mary Smart was acquitted in Brooks County Superior Court on Wednesday.

A 2010 election created the first African-American majority on the Brooks County Board of Education. Smart’s sister was elected to the board as were several other people in a group that became known as the Quitman 12. All the defendants in the case are black and all the incumbents who were defeated in the election are white.

Smart’s attorney Chevene King Jr. argued that state law makes it illegal for people to personally deliver absentee ballots, but it’s not illegal to mail them.

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Information from: the Fulton County Daily Report, https://www.dailyreportonline.com

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