Jail time for second of four charged in Alabama voter fraud scheme

Two convicted, two to go:


A Dothan woman was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison—a term later amended—for her part in a voter fraud scheme that got a city commissioner re-elected.  Lesa Coleman is one of four people arrested for falsely witnessing absentee ballots in the 2013 municipal election. Of 124 absentees cast, Commissioner Amos Newsome received 119 votes in the District 2 contest.

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Houston County Circuit Judge Henry D. “Butch” Binford opted to give Coleman a split sentence—180 days in the county jail followed by probation…


Coleman is one of four people, including Newsome’s longtime girlfriend, arrested in the alleged voter fraud scheme after a lengthy and complex investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office. Olivia Reynolds—the commissioner’s girlfriend—and another person have yet to be tried. Defendant Janice Hart pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to probation.


Yes, people do risk felony charges to commit voter fraud – sometimes in coordinated efforts – and sway election outcomes, especially in local races decided by small numbers of votes.  See also  Mississippi, New Jersey, South Texas

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