In his ruling, the judge said that sixty-six of eighty-four absentee ballots cast in the June runoff was not valid and should never have been counted. Nicholas Holliday was declared the winner by a 37 vote margin. Robert Devaull challenged the results in court.
The story is sure to get some notice because of the absentee ballots’ irregularities, which was a problem for the 2020 Presidential election in numerous states.
“Judge Weill found many irregularities with absentee ballots. He issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized absentee ballots. During a hearing, Jones admitted violating notary duties,” local news reported.
The filing also stated testimony from a second notary public, Lu Stephens, was not believable.
THIS IS HOW THEY DO IT
“When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, you vote, fold the ballot, put it in an envelope, lick the flap, sign across the flap, then notary signs your election certificate; she testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, didn’t see anybody sign it, she just notarized it, just stamped them,” said Lydia Quarles, attorney for Robert Devaull.
The judge found that 83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers.
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.
Devaull is hopeful the judge’s order for a new election will mean a fair contest for the Ward 1 seat. Hopefully, the new election will not have 78% of ballots cast illegally, like in the last race.
The story of a small local Mississippi race happens as the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments against expanding absentee voting in the state of Arizona because of the damage that unfettered absentee ballots have on fair elections.
It is noteworthy that these claims about absentee ballots corrupting elections match exactly the claims that other states made about the 2020 Presidential election in numerous states, which were never really investigated.