A Mississippi judge has called for a new Democratic runoff election to be held for the alderman seat in Aberdeen’s Ward 1.
Judge Jeff Weill cites “evidence of fraud and criminal activity in how absentee ballots were handled, how votes were counted, and the actions by some at the polling place” in a 64-page order, according to WCBI News.
In the June 2020 runoff election, Nicholas Holliday defeated his opponent Robert Devaull by 37 votes. Devaull “challenged the results in court.”
The judge states that “66 of the 84 absentee ballots cast were not valid and should never have been counted.” That represents 78.5 percent of the absentee ballots.
The ruling indicated that after discovering numerous irregularities, the judge “issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized the absentee ballots.” In addition, WCBI reported that during the hearing, “Jones admitted violating notary duties.”
Devaull’s attorney, Lydia Quarles explained, “When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, you vote, fold the ballot, put it in an envelope, lick the flap, sign across the flap, then notary signs your election certificate, she testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, didn’t see anybody sign it, she just notarized it, just stamped them.”
Jones told the court that she was called to then-Alderwoman Lady Garth’s home in June “to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork. While there, Jones testified she notarized ‘about 30 something ballots.'”
Weill found that “83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers.”
Judge Weill’s “ruling also said there was clear evidence of voter intimidation and harassment at the polling place on election day. State law says candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from the polling place. In his ruling, the judge said Holliday, along with Police Chief Henry Randle, and former Mayor Maurice Howard acted as if they were above the law, repeatedly violating criminal statutes.”
After Weill’s ruling, DeVaull replied, “It was always a lot of distraction in Ward 1, that’s what I said earlier, I would like to see, going forward, that be cleaned up, people being able to come and go, vote for who they want to.” DeVaull is looking forward to a fair contest for the seat.
Holliday’s attorney, Walter Zinn, Jr., who is also the Aberdeen City attorney, issued the following statement on Monday:
“Upon review of the orders by the Special Judge, my client and I are left offended in part and befuddled by the ruling of the court. While we respect this legal process and the days of deliberation of each party, the findings of fact are grossly inconsistent with testimony of the witnesses and reflect more of the “copied and pasted” sentiments of the Defendant than what the record from the proceedings would affirm.”
“While left disappointed with these findings, we will explore all the legal remedies afforded to Mr. Holliday under the law including but not limited to a request for the Court to reconsider its findings; a judgment notwithstanding the verdict or new trial; or the appellate process.”
“We are very concerned with the mass disenfranchising of voters, who never testified or subpoenaed to Court; poll workers conduct was attacked, but never listed in name, nor called to testify. There are serious legal and ethical implications from the ruling that we are compelled to explore. We know that this verdict does not reflect the sentiments of the majority of voters of Aberdeen and will seek relief where the law and circumstances allow. Mr. Holliday personally would like to thank all of his supporters for their prayers and support through this process. ”
Dallas has been released on bail.
I know, who cares who ultimately wins the alderman seat in Aberdeen, Mississippi’s first ward? Aside from the candidates themselves and some residents of the ward, probably no one.
Still, it will be interesting to see how this particular case plays out for two reasons.
First, Judge Weill discovered wrongdoing and took action unlike countless other judges who refused to even look at the cases brought forward by former President Donald Trump’s legal team.
Democrats have been quick to say that Team Trump has not been able to provide evidence of fraud. I don’t know if fraud occurred or not, but there sure were alot of anomalies – statistical and otherwise – that don’t add up. That no one was willing to give oxygen to any of them after 1,000 Americans had come forward under the penalty of perjury to expose fraud was wrong. Not even Supreme Court Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh nor Amy Coney Barrett, both of whom owe the greatest honors of their lives to Trump, were willing to look.
The other reason this case is important is because of the enormous portion of the ward’s absentee ballots the judge determined to be invalid – 78.5 percent to be exact.
In a year that saw an explosion in the number of absentee ballots cast nationwide, one has to wonder how many of those ballots were lawfully cast.
Might there be other local elections in the U.S. besides the alderman seat in the first ward of Aberdeen, Mississippi that should be rerun?
In Nevada perhaps? Georgia? Michigan? How many absentee ballots were actually invalid and should never have been counted?
I think the Trump campaign should keep digging and digging for the truth because, even though it won’t change the fact that President Joe Biden now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it would provide satisfaction to many of us to know he got there fraudulently.