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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An independent investigation will look into allegations that a mentally challenged man's presidential vote was commandeered by the aide who helped him read the ballot.

The Albany Area Community Service Board which oversees Primus Industries said today they will bring in an external agency to investigate allegations made by Jack Justice. He told his family that an aide took him and five other mentally challenged clients to vote during their day rehabilitation program, and told them they had to vote for Barack Obama. Election officials say if the allegations prove true, the aide could face charges.

"There are oaths that they're signing and it is a misdemeanor and sometimes a felony if someone is falsely assisting someone, they commit a misdemeanor," said Carolyn Hatcher, Dougherty County Elections Supervisor.

Justice's family tells us Wednesday aides tried to convince Jack he pushed the wrong button, but Jack says that wasn't the case. He pushed the button he was told to push and that was the button for Obama, not his choice John McCain.

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