- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Attorney General’s office has arrested a veteran Union County deputy circuit clerk, accused of trying to influence voters.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1LYXgMO ) Rhonda Wilhite Dowdy, of New Albany, was arrested Monday on one count of voter fraud. Rachael Ring, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, confirmed the arrest Thursday.

Dowdy has worked for the Union County Circuit Clerk’s office since August 1987.

Ring says Dowdy is accused of changing the address of non-resident voters to make it appear they live in the county in exchange for their vote for a specific candidate. Ring could not release which candidate or whether the candidate knew of Dowdy’s alleged actions.

Ring says Dowdy was booked into the Tippah County Jail and later released on her own recognizance.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com


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