Alabama’s Secretary of State said Friday that his office continues to investigate absentee voter fraud irregularities in the 2013 Dothan District 2 Commission race that have already resulted in three criminal convictions.
However, absent a voluntary resignation from current District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome, there currently appears to be little or no recourse for his removal.
Secretary of State John Merrill addressed commissioners and residents Friday at the Dothan Civic Center and said his office is continuing to investigate voter fraud complaints related to the election. Newsome defeated challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes in the August 2013 election. Newsome received 119 of 124 absentee ballots cast. Three workers in Newsome’s campaign have been convicted of multiple absentee voter fraud counts in which absentee ballots cast in the election did not follow legal procedure. A fourth case is pending in Houston County.
Newsome has not been charged with any crime, nor has he made any public comment about the voter fraud allegations or convictions within his campaign.