Chattooga County lady accused of submitting poll for useless husband

A girl from Trion, Georgia, is being investigated for allegedly submitting a poll for her deceased husband within the Nov. three presidential election.

Donald Ennis Prepare dinner Jr. died on Aug. 2, 2020, on the age of 49 at Floyd Medical Heart in Rome, Georgia. Weeks earlier, because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Georgia secretary of state’s newly adopted coverage to ship ballots sooner than common, a poll was despatched to Prepare dinner and his spouse, Sherry, at their dwelling.

Sheena Weaver, the chief registrar in Chattooga County, stated her workplace was despatched a discover about three weeks after Prepare dinner’s dying that he had died and that he would now not be eligible to vote.

Nonetheless, a poll was dropped off together with his title on Election Day, officers say.

“There was no means that it was going to rely as a result of we already knew it would not and due to the techniques in place,” Weaver stated.

After Weaver and her workplace opened Prepare dinner’s poll, they let native regulation enforcement know in addition to the secretary of state’s workplace.

Investigators with the secretary of state’s workplace spoke to Sherry Prepare dinner, and “it seems like issues did not add up,” Walter Jones with the workplace stated.

Final week, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated in a information launch the election board despatched a 3rd batch of alleged “voting violations” to prosecutors after listening to what investigators had found throughout the state. The week earlier than, former Ringgold mayoral candidate Paul Lee was named in the same checklist for saying he would purchase lunch for anybody with an “I Voted” sticker if he received the election.

The Georgia Election Board heard 75 circumstances and despatched dozens to the legal professional basic’s workplace and native district attorneys for potential fines. On this case, Sherry Prepare dinner faces potential forgery and fraud costs, Jones stated. Prepare dinner didn’t reply to a message on social media in search of remark.

Within the months after the contentious presidential election, Raffensperger and different high election officers in Georgia have repeatedly stated there was no proof of widespread voter fraud within the 2020 presidential election.

Dozens of court docket circumstances in Georgia introduced former President Donald Trump’s authorized crew alleging widespread points on the polls have been dismissed each Republican- and Democratic-appointed judges.

However no election course of is with out particular person downside circumstances. Trump on Nov. 11 drew consideration to 4 alleged circumstances of votes solid within the title of useless voters in Georgia. Three of these have been defined state officers as reliable, involving folks with comparable names.

However officers confirmed there was a problematic vote within the case of Edward Skwiot, a Dade County man who died in 2015 solely to have a poll solid in his title in 2020.

Because the weeks handed after the election, and losses mounted within the courts, Trump’s claims of issues on the polls turned extra alarming. In a Jan. 2 name with Raffensperger, Trump alleged that 1000’s of useless voters had solid ballots in Georgia.

“So useless folks voted. And I believe the quantity is within the — shut to five,000 folks,” Trump stated on the decision, in accordance with The Washington Publish, which obtained a recording. “And so they went to obituaries. They went to all kinds of strategies to provide you with an correct quantity. And a minimal is near about 5,000 voters.”

Raffensperger informed Trump the right variety of confirmed votes solid within the title of useless folks was two.

As a result of Donald Prepare dinner’s vote was not accepted on the polls, and never counted, his is just not one of many two confirmed votes within the title of useless folks. The Dade County case of Skwiot, nevertheless, is without doubt one of the circumstances.

Tammie Vaughan, elections director in Dade County, stated she has not heard of an replace from the secretary of state’s workplace concerning the case. She stated two folks — Belinda Legal guidelines and Steven Sharp — are registered voters on the dwelling the place Skwiot’s poll was despatched.

Chris Arnt — the district legal professional for the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit — didn’t return a name Monday.

Contact Patrick Filbin at or 423-757-6476. Observe him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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