- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama jury is deliberating a voter fraud trial linked to an election in which the incumbent won by just 14 votes.

The Dothan Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1HReXc5 ) 49-year-old Lesa Coleman was one of four people charged after City Commissioner Amos Newsome defeated challenger Lamesa Danzey. Coleman worked for Newsome’s campaign.

Assistant Houston County District Attorney Banks Smith says Coleman didn’t witness voters signing absentee ballots that she turned in after the race. State Director of Elections Ed Packard testified that absentee ballots must either be notarized or witnessed by two adults.

Danzey received more votes than Newsome at polling places, but Newsome got 119 of 124 absentee ballots that were turned in.

Coleman’s attorney Matt Lemere says affidavits included with absentee ballots didn’t say anything about witness stipulations.


Information from: The Dothan Eagle, https://www.dothaneagle.com



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