ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A probe into voter irregularities in Brooks County by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of nine people, and the pending arrest of a tenth.
The GBI says that three elected officials, Nancy Dennard, Linda Troutman, and Elizabeth Thomas, all members or newly elected members of the school board were arrested.
Lula Smart, April Proctor, Kechia Harrison, Sandra Cody, Robert Dennard, and Angela Bryant, were also arrested. Latashia Head will be arrested today.
All were arrested for illegal possession of ballots, and violating procedures for voting absentee.
A school board race in Brooks County turned around in November when elections officials threw out dozens of votes. Results showed Gary Rentz got 566 votes to win the District 4 school board seat, out pacing Linda Troutman by 68 votes.
We have since learned that several dozen write in votes originally counted for Rentz were actually cast in another race and were therefore disqualified.