Another close Mississippi municipal election under a cloud of fraud allegations – what happens next?
Democrat incumbent Mayor Johnny DuPree has been certified the winner over independent challenger Dave Ware, by a margin of 37 votes, but:
“The drama surrounding June 4’s contested mayoral election drags on” as “irregularities bubble to the surface,” including “ballots with just two mayoral candidates, according to the claims of several voters” and ballots left unsecured overnightin an “unlocked City Hall and vault.”
More disturbing is “the strange case of voter Mitchell Carter who claims he shared a Rowan school polling booth with a DuPree campaign worker who voted on his behalf, though not for the candidate of his choice [Ware].” 18-year-old Carter tells his story in video at the link:
"It just happened that quick… They went out and picked out all the younger people to make them vote for DuPree, because they don't know about all the politics and whatnot… My mom is saying African Americans, we worked hard to vote, you know what I'm saying? And when you strip that right, that's like disrespecting the whole Civil Rights movement, you know?"
What’s next? Likely a court ruling on "whether enough incidents of illegal votes altered the election,” predicts former University of Southern Mississippi political science professor and DuPree supporter Joe Parker, who believes DuPree will "come out OK in the end," quoting President John F. Kennedy after his narrow defeat of challenger Richard Nixon in the 1960 election: “Mandate. Schmandate. I’m here (in office), and he’s (Nixon) there.”
As in 2009, Rodriguez Brown will be sworn in as Canton, Mississippi’s Ward 1 Alderman, following a judge’s ruling to allow the municipality’s general election to be certified. As in 2009, Brown’s Democratic primary opponent was Ray Rosamond, who lost this time by just four votes. And as in 2009, authorities are investigating voter fraud allegations made by Rosamond against Brown, nephew of convicted fraudster Ike Brown.
Then: "Rosamond alleged people outside of Ward 1 and Canton voted in the race and that some voters were provided illegal assistance by poll workers, which he said aided Brown to victory. Rosamond also charged that Ike Brown, Rodriquez Brown's uncle, interfered with the election."
Now: “Rosamond has sworn statements from seven different witnesses, including poll workers, poll watchers and voters, about the problems they saw during the May 7 election. One poll worker said she was told by a member of the Democratic committee to tear up affidavit ballots for two persons not listed on the poll books and the committee member escorted them to the voting machines… in 10 to 15 cases, the person giving the assistance actually did the voting on the machine.”
In a departure from 2009, Rosamond’s July 15 challenge hearing could result in a new Ward 1 election being held. But the Madison County District Attorney’s investigation of these and other allegations (“We originally had six to eight complaints and we’re up to a dozen.”) could, as with the 2009 elections, result in multiple voter fraud convictions.
Left leaning folks now start to see what I wrote about yesterday at PJ Media, the Arizona case wasn't exactly the "victory" the left first
thought it was. From SCOTUS blog Pyrrhic victory for federal
government in Arizona voter registration case?:
"The Court categorically holds — without dissent — that the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution (Art. I, § 4, cl. 1) “empowers Congress to regulate how federal elections are held, but not who may vote in them” (emphasis in original).
This unanimous holding resolves a long-unresolved question about Congress’s power to determine who may vote in federal elections, and would appear to implicitly overrule at least one of the
Court’s holdings in the landmark 1970 case of Oregon v.
Despite the sequester, the Justice Department is sending OPM election monitors to Evergreen Alabama Tuesday. (Population 3,944). The city is
majority black, though that probably has nothing to do with the predicate for DOJ monitoring. The city has a history of racially charged voter fraud. On that score, part of Evergreen should be very
concerned about the DOJ presence. If you don't know why, read my book Injustice, the parts about Hale and Perry County AL. From VoteGuards:
"You might ask why this small town in south Alabama matters so much to the NAACP and the Department of Justice. As fate would have it, this small town is positioned right slap in the middle and serves as a 'hub' for what's refereed to commonly as the "Black Belt"; Where a large percentage of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and progressive Democrats are elected from. If you control Evergreen one could assume you could keep those votes in tact.
The 2012 mayor’s election looms in October in Evergreen, and tensions are high as a rematch between two bitter competitors could be tainted by what looks like yet another credible threat of more
voter fraud form our friends at the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and now the Alabama Democratic Committee."
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"If Brad Anderson wants to be the Secretary of State shouldn’t he understand that election integrity is a big part of the job? The office isn’t to push liberal agendas which is the only thing he has experience at. He said he will try to bring out more voters. That’s something Matt Schultz has been actively doing as well. He apparently can multi-task." Link.... << MORE >>
WBRC: "The national leader
of the Nation of Islam spoke on behalf of keeping the Voting Rights Act intact at Birmingham's historic Kelly Ingram Park on Friday. . . . 'Farrakhan, Farrakhan, Farrakhan,' chanted through the
The Tribune: "Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan spoke on the Capitol steps and at rallies earlier Friday in Birmingham, Selma and in Shelby County. Farrakhan said participating in the rallies has 'been a very powerful experience.' He was introduced by a number of state and regional black leaders."
WNCF: "Joining Farrakhan were state leaders and senators, but protestors wanted their voices heard too. Farrakhan arrived in Montgomery surrounded by his own protective guards, to speak about section five of the Voting Rights Act and the state of the black community. 'We must fight for the section five in the voting rights legislation because they don't have the will to allow you to continue to vote uncontested,' he says. Farrakhan was invited by state Senator Hank Sanders and Mayor of Tuskegee Johnny Ford, who both say Farrakhan was instrumental in bringing awareness to the Voting Rights Act."
Fox:"'Laws passed for the Negroes' benefit are so widely unenforced that it's a mockery to call them laws,; Farrakhan said. 'Would now be free to keep us going back and forth to court. Litigating, litigating and litigating. Hell with litigation,' Farrakhan said."
Shelby County Reporter: "Farrakhan joined prominent Alabama politicians such as Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and state Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, on a June 14 pilgrimage to support the two sections, going from Birmingham to Montgomery with stops in Columbiana and Selma along the way. 'There is no advancement that white Americans made that we were not a part of,' Farrakhan said to cheers and whistles. 'We died in every battle that America has had.' Boynton said she supports Farrakhan wholeheartedly. 'Every time I see him, he speaks the truth,' she said. 'That’s why people don’t like him, because he speaks the truth.'"
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