DA probes into Wilcox voter fraud

Published 12:52 am Saturday, October 16, 2010

CAMDEN — A Wilcox grand jury is investigating allegations of voter fraud, but the results of that investigation might not be revealed until after the first of the year, said District Attorney Michael Jackson.

Jackson acknowledged Friday the grand jury is probing into various allegations, but the district attorney declined to be specific.

“We are investigating possible voter fraud in the last couple of elections,” Jackson said. “We’re taking this look to see that elections are fair in Wilcox County.”

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What actions his office takes depends on what the grand jury finds, Jackson said.

The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is not involved in this probe, said Rob Johnston, elections attorney for the secretary of state’s office.

“It’s local,” he said. “We’re not involved in that at all.”

In June 2008, Secretary of State Beth Chapman said she had received reports of alleged voting violations in Wilcox and other counties, including Lowndes, Jackson, Hale, Jefferson and Dallas.

Allegations in Wilcox County at the time included reports with the names of people who allegedly bought or sold absentee ballots.

Before the June 1 primaries, Chapman’s Voter Fraud Unit asked the U.S. Department of Justice to provide as many federal agents and poll observers as possible during the June 1 election and for the general election, which is Nov. 2.

Wilcox County Probate Judge Jerry Boggan said he was not informed of any issues with voter fraud, and was unaware of the investigation.

Jackson said the probe was not tied to a controversial school board election held recently in which a longtime school board member and president was disqualified by the Democratic executive committee.

“That is another, civil matter,” the district attorney said.