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McIntosh judge candidate accuses opponent of election fraud

Special to SEGAZINE

A candidate for McIntosh County State Court judge is seeking a warrant charging his opponent, who is the appointed State Court judge, and one of her campaign workers with election fraud and other charges in the marking of an absentee ballot.

In a letter asking for the warrants, Adam S. Poppell III asserts that State Court Judge C. Jean Bolin and Donna R. Caldwell, who is working in Bolin’s campaign, went to the home of Effie G. Young in the rural north of the county on May 5.

Young had been hospitalized recently and, because she was still attached to a heart monitor at the time, had received an absentee ballot, Poppell said in his letter to county Magistrate Teresa K. Jennings.

Knowing that Young had received the ballot, Caldwell and Bolin went to her house in the Young’s Island community in separate vehicles and asked Young how she intended to vote in the State Court race, the May 9 letter says.

After a long conversation, Bolin left but Caldwell remained and immediately marked Young’s ballot, Poppell wrote.

“Ms. Young repeatedly told Ms. Caldwell that she wished to vote for me,’’ but Caldwell sealed the ballot without letting Young see it, Poppell said in his letter.

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