ELECTIONS: Board hears update on investigation

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The State Board of Elections is investigating claims of Lee County voter fraud — alleged by a local county commissioner — according to Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble.

The Lee County Board of Elections met Wednesday to discuss, among other items, the status of the state's investigation after Lee County Commissioner Jim Womack alleged there was voter fraud during a commissioner meeting last year. A hearing regarding the alleged voter fraud was held last month and the local Board of Elections voted to send the information to the State Board of Elections and local district attorney's office.

Kimble said she had spoken to State Elections Investigator Marshall Tutor and the case was ongoing. There were more people Tutor said he intended to contact and interview before he released any information, Kimble said.

In other matters, the board:

* Approved a resolution to establish one-stop voting at the Elections Board Office, located at 225 S. Steele St., for the Nov. 5 municipal election. One-stop voting will not be available at the McSwain Agriculture Education and Extension Center because it is outside the city limits.

* Was informed that campaign finance reports for local candidates would be placed on the Lee County government's website. The reports are also available on the state's website.

* Approved the minutes from the May 8 meeting.