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More charges in voter fraud inquiry in Mississippi town

February 7, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another former official has been charged with voter fraud in an unfolding investigation in a Mississippi town.

Three indictments issued in January against retired Canton City Clerk Valerie Smith were unsealed this week. She’s charged with 15 separate felony counts of falsely claiming a voter had sworn a registration application before her when they did not.

Smith’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond a phone call and email seeking comment.

Smith faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for each violation if she’s convicted.

Smith is the eighth person charged since December with misconduct in Canton’s 2017 elections.

Charges against others include bribing voters, improperly helping people fill out absentee ballots, voting despite being convicted of disqualifying felonies and voting while living outside the city or voting district.

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