BRUNSWICK | The Secretary of State’s office is investigating possible election fraud involving one or more absentee ballots in McIntosh County.
Sheriff Steve Jessup said Friday that he had been alerted to possible improprieties in the State Court judge’s race and relayed the information to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which in turn sent it to the Secretary of State.
Jessup said he turned the case over to the state because of the close relationships he maintains with both candidates, incumbent Judge C. Jean Bolin and County Attorney Adam S. Poppell III.
Bob Mucha, chairman of the county Board of Elections, said he could release no names and few details of the incident.
“I can’t say a lot because it’s an ongoing investigation,” he said. “The state has come down to take a look at it.”
He did say, however, that the incident involved a person taking an absentee ballot to a voter, then helping the voter fill out the ballot when it arrived.
McIntosh County has a history of election improprieties. Most recently, former County Commissioner Nathaniel Grovner was convicted of perjury in 2011 for testifying in court that Mucha had tossed out absentee ballots in a 2008 election of the district soil and water supervisor, a race that was decided by a single vote.
Grovner was sentenced to five years probation, with the first 60 days to be served in a state probation center.