A former Canton Democratic Municipal Executive Committee member and a former candidate for alderman are charged with voting irregularities in Madison County.
» See Williams interview with the Mississippi Business Journal above ….
A grand jury has indicted Kimberly Readus, 41, on two counts of corrupt conduct by an election official and one count of intimidating an elector to prevent voting. Cobby Williams, 36, a former Canton alderman candidate, is accused of submitting a false voter registration application on behalf of a citizen.
Readus and Williams pleaded not guilty Thursday and were released on $20,000 bond each to await trial.
Assistant District Attorney Bryan Buckley said Readus is accused of shouting at poll workers in the presence of voters and destroying an absentee ballot, preventing voters from casting ballots May 7; and attempting to remove an unsealed ballot box from the county courthouse before the a May 21 runoff had been certified.
Readus was convicted last month in Canton Municipal Court of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and providing false information to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department after a verbal altercation with an elderly woman at the county courthouse on election night in May. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail on each count, but if Readus pays a $950 fine, the time can be suspended. Readus was also given a year of probation.
In the other case, Buckley said Williams allegedly was going door-to-door and registering people to vote and then turning in those registrations to the clerk’s office.
He said Williams registered a woman who is a convicted felon and not eligible to vote.
Buckley said Williams also allegedly falsely registered another person who was ineligible to vote.
Williams ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against incumbent 2nd District Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
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