- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

MEADVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A judge has dismissed election fraud charges filed against five Franklin County poll workers in a case that lead to the contesting of the Senate District 37 race.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1pFhsKZ) that on Thursday, Amite County Northern District Judge Roger Arnold dismissed all charges against poll workers Margie McNair, Ann Reed, Donna Jones, Gloria Smith and Prentiss Harris.

Special Assistant Attorney General Robert Anderson petitioned Arnold to dismiss the charges, arguing that state law gives the poll workers immunity since all five testified before a specially appointed Senate panel during the challenge of the election.

Sen. Bob Dearing, D-Natchez, won the Senate District 37 seat by 62 votes. Former Sen. Melanie Sojourner contested the results, arguing that the poll workers improperly assisted voters and didn’t verify voter IDs with poll book records.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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