Matt Slocum / APElection workers process mail-in and absentee ballots at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 4. (Matt Slocum / AP)By Elizabeth Stauffer
Published March 4, 2021 at 1:09pm
A Mississippi judge has ordered a new runoff election to be held for the alderman seat in Aberdeen’s Ward 1.
Special Judge Jeff Weill cited “evidence of fraud and criminal activity in how absentee ballots were handled, how votes were counted, and the actions by some at the polling place” in a 64-page order, according to WCBI-TV.
In the Democratic runoff election last June, Nicholas Holliday defeated his opponent, Robert Devaull, by 37 votes. Devaull then 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, WCBI reported. That represents 78.5 percent of the absentee ballots.