Local Official Indicted on Voter Fraud Charges Connected to Both Primary and General Elections

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A local official in Alabama has been charged with election fraud in connection with last year’s Democratic primary election and general election.

Albert Turner Jr., chairman of the Perry County Commission, was indicted for allegedly voting multiple times in the May Democratic primary and putting multiple completed ballots into a tabulator, according to a news release from the office of the Alabama secretary of state.

Turner has been indicted on a charge of ballot harvesting in connection with the general election, the release said.

Turner has denied the charges.

Outgoing Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, who is departing due to term limits, said in a joint release with District Attorney Michael Jackson that he would not speak to the issue of whether the votes in question impacted the results of the election.

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“It is not appropriate at this time to comment because a lot of variables that factor into that decision and these matters are currently under investigation,” Merrill said.

Merrill also said he would not discuss which contests might have been affected, according to the Selma Sun.

“There could be other people involved, so it would be inappropriate to name those specific races at this point,” he said.

Jackson, the Fourth Judicial Circuit district attorney, told The Associated Press that Turner “was stuffing the machine with the ballots that he had already filled out for the folks he was supporting. He did that for a good little while, and he had some folks distracting the poll watchers.”

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“He was there most of the day stuffing filled-out ballots in favor of the candidates he was supporting,’’ Jackson said, according to AL.com. “Witnesses came forward, and we felt we had enough to present to a Perry County grand jury.”

Jackson said in the news release that he has “heard the cry from the citizens and the people running for office to clean up the elections.”

“It deters people from running if you know your opponent…


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