Dothan, AL (WTVY)- A controversy has erupted again over absentee voting in a Dothan municipal election. Incumbent District One Commissioner Kevin Dorsey said Monday he’s received numerous complaints regarding Anthony Keith, one of his three opponents.
Dorsey said Keith is going too far helping potential voters in his district to request absentee ballots by mail and believes his opponent’s actions may be illegal.
Keith disagrees. Following a public forum Thursday, he admitted providing pre-addressed envelopes to mail ballots to the City Clerk’s office. However, Keith said his desire is to make sure people who may not be able to go to the polls have an opportunity to vote and maintains he is acting in accordance with Alabama law.
City Clerk Tammy Danner agrees that appears to be true. She recently spoke to the elections division of the Alabama Secretary of State’s office and was told Keith’s effort is not illegal.
A list of those requesting ballots posted outside Danner’s office totaled 70 Monday. About half were for District One. There are six voting districts in the city.
Four years ago, incumbent city commissioner Amos Newsome narrowly won election after receiving all but five of over 100 absentee ballots cast in the District Two race. Several Newsome associates, including his girlfriend, were convicted in criminal court of voter fraud though Newsome was never charged.
Jemmie Watford, who is opposing Newsome and others this year, didn’t point a finger at Keith called ballot fraud is “disheartening.”
After ballot requests are received and verified, a ballot is sent to the registered voter who then returns it to the clerk’s office.
The election is August 1.