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Judge refuses to dismiss election lawsuit, orders documents turned over

Incumbent Amos Newsome had sought to have the lawsuit thrown out because it was not filed within after votes were certified
A Houston County has refused to dismiss a legal challenge to Dothan’s election results. The attorney for incumbent Amos Newsome had sought to have the lawsuit thrown out because it was not filed within after votes were certified.

The challenge was brought by District Two challenger Lamesa Danzey claiming absentee ballots fraudulently cast for Newsome wrongly cost her victory in the August 6 election. Newsome received 119 absentee votes to five for Danzey.

Attorney Joel Williams, who represents Newsome, argued before Circuit Judge Henry D. “Butch” Binford Monday that Danzey filed her challenge August `19; six days after results were certified by the Dothan Commission. Danzey’s attorney, James Anderson, told the judge weekend days should not be counted and Binford agreed.
In a related matter, the judge ordered the following materials be turned over to both attorneys by Dothan election officials.

1. Any and all election voting rosters, including those sealed by the election officials.

2. Any and all registration and/or poll lists, including those sealed by the election officials.

3. Any and all materials relating to the applications for absentee ballots including those sealed by the election officials.

4. Any and all applications for absentee ballots including those sealed by the election officials.

5. Any and all affidavit envelopes of absentee ballots including those sealed by the election officials.

6. Any and all lists of absentee ballot voters and/or lists of absentee ballot numbers assigned to voters including those sealed by the election officials.

A hearing on the election challenge has been scheduled for December 12.

Meanwhile, results of a criminal investigation into absentee ballots cast in the election are in the hands of District Attorney Douglas Albert Valeska.

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