Special Judge Jeff Weill in Mississippi ordered a new runoff election to be held for the alderman seat, according to The Western Journal.
Last June, Nicholas Holliday won the election by 37 votes.
Robert Devaull, the loser, challenged the results in court.
The judge said that 66 of the 84 absentee ballots cast were not valid and should never have been counted.
“When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, and you vote and then you fold the ballot up and you put it in this envelope, and then you lick the flap, and then you sign across the flap, and then the notary signs your election certificate,” Devaull’s attorney, Lydia Quarles, told the station. “And she actually testified that nobody — she didn’t sign in front of anybody, she didn’t see anybody sign it. She just notarized them. She just stamped them.”
“State law says candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from the polling place,” the report said. “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.”
“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. “
From The Western Journal:
The other reason this case is important is 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 elections in the U.S. besides the alderman seat in the first ward of Aberdeen that should be rerun?
In Nevada, perhaps? Georgia? Michigan? How many absentee ballots were invalid and never should have been counted?
The Trump campaign and others should keep digging and digging for the truth. Even though it wouldn’t change the fact that President Joe Biden now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it would provide satisfaction to those who believe he got there fraudulently, and more importantly, it would help to ensure electoral integrity in future races.