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Dothan Election Challenge Hearing Delayed

At issue is whether absentee ballots were cast illegally in the District Two election and, if so, if those votes altered the outcome.
A hearing regarding a challenge of recent election results in Dothan will be heard October 21 after a delay was approved by the judge presiding over the case. It had been set for October 16 but was postponed after the attorney representing incumbent Commissioner Amos Newsome filed a continuance request.

At issue is whether absentee ballots were cast illegally in the District Two election and, if so, if those votes altered the outcome. Results from the municipal election held August 6 showed Newsome defeating challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes. Among absentee ballots cast, Newsome received 119 votes to Danzey’s five.

Danzey, a few days later, filed a lawsuit challenging the results claiming some absentee votes were cast illegally. She filed the action August 19; six days after results were certified by Dothan commissioners including Newsome.

In a court document filed this week Newsome’s attorney, Joel Williams, claims under Alabama law Danzey had only five days to challenge the results. The law reads “Any contest of such an election must be commenced within five days after the result of the election is declared.” However, it’s not clear if that is business days or all days.

Meanwhile, findings from a criminal investigation into absentee ballots cast in the District Two race are now.

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