“When the integrity of the ballot is lost we all lose.”
Another conviction results from the investigation of “widespread voter fraud” in a 2013 Dothan, Alabama city election decided by just 14 votes:
Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith said the jury found 66-year-old Olivia Reynolds guilty of 24 felony counts of absentee ballot fraud…
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Reynolds in May 2014. She was one of three women charged who worked on the 2013 campaign for District 2 City Commissioner Amos Newsome. In the August election, Newsome beat challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes. Newsome received 119 of the 124 absentee votes that were cast…
Smith said some of the voters testified at trial how they never even wanted to vote for Newsome yet their ballot was cast for Newsome anyway. “This case is about the sanctity of the ballot,” Smith said.
How were these votes stolen? Not by mere technicality or honest mistakes, but by willful disregard for the law designed to prevent just this type of fraud.
Smith said the law requires there to be two witnesses for a valid absentee ballot, and a witness means two people actually watch the vote. Smith also told jurors the court would instruct them on what the law says about willful conduct, which he said included how there was an intent to defraud voters in this case by tricking.