Alabama lawmakers must address voter fraud

These are stunning incidents that impugn the credibility of the electoral process in our state.

 

Another case of voter fraud in Houston County, Alabama leads the Dothan Eagle to call for legislation to address the problem:

Last week, the mayor of a small Houston County town was arrested on charges of absentee voter fraud. Elbert Melton, 69, of Gordon, was charged with three counts, and was booked into the Houston County Jail. . . . Ironically, the three absentee ballots in question don’t change the outcome of the election, in which Melton, with 99 votes, defeated opponent Priscilla Wilson, who had 83 votes.

Voter fraud did change the outcome of a 2013 Dothan city election in which incumbent Dothan City Commissioner Amos Newsome edged out a challenger by just 14 votes – votes that turned out to be fraudulent.

Four of his campaign workers have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty of absentee voter fraud involving more than enough ballots to change the result of the election. However, Newsome has not been charged in the matter, and continues to serve on the Dothan City Commission.

 

These are stunning incidents that impugn the credibility of the electoral process in our state, and even the Secretary of State, John Merrill, has expressed frustration with the lack of statutory authority to ensure our election results are valid and enforceable.

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