On Monday, former District 2 Commissioner Candidate, Lamesa Danzey, electronically filed to challenge the Aug. 2013 election results.
WTVY looked into the election challenging process by going through Alabama’s Election Code. According to the code, filing is just the first step in the challenge.
The challenge, or the statement of contest, is against incumbent Amos Newsome since he won the election. Earlier today, WTVY tried to talk to Newsome about the challenge, but he did not have anything to say.
The County Sheriff has to serve Newsome with a summons. From that point, the Commissioner has five days to respond.
Both sides can call witnesses or even testify themselves. Either the probate judge or the circuit court will review the case, no jury is involved.
Whoever looks at the challenge can review ballots and ultimately make a decision.
If the evidence shows there was illegal counting or voting, the judge can adjust the results. Whoever has the most number of legal votes, based on the judge’s decision, wins the election.
If either party is not happy with the result, there is a 14 day timeframe to appeal to the State Supreme Court.
WTVY has placed multiple calls to Lamesa Danzey throughout the day. However, she has not yet returned any of our calls.
Polling Place Distirct 1A
WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
Polling Place District 1B
ANDREW BELLE COMMUNITY CENTER - 1270 LAKE STREET
Polling Place District 2A
ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
Polling Place District 2B
WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
Polling Place District 3A
HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
Polling Place District 3B
NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
Polling Place District 4A
DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
Polling Place District 4B
DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
Polling Place District 5A
WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
Polling Place District 5B
WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
Polling Place District 6A
VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
Polling Place District 6B
WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE