Judge orders new sheriff election in Baker Co.

Published: Oct. 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Sheriff's election Baker County was thrown out Tuesday because of voter fraud.

Judge Loring Gray ruled there is evidence of vote buying and altering ballots.

Sheriff Dana Meade won the August runoff by 39 votes over challenger Tim Williamson. After Williamson sued, the court found evidence of votes bought for $20 and free liquor. There was also evidence of absentee ballots changed from votes for Williamson to votes for Meade.

Baker County Attorney Tommy Coleman is handing the case for the county elections board.

"That whole line, 14 of them was stricken through with one kind of ink, and remarked for another candidate. So it was clear that there was some sort of concerted organized activity," Coleman said.

The ruling is being sent the secretary of state's office for possible criminal investigation.

Judge Gray ordered a new election held at the same time as the general election November 6th.

However, that creates problems for the election board, since early voting has already started.

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