Monday, December 5, 2011
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ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany-Dougherty County Elections board called — and then canceled — a special emergency meeting to “discuss allegations of election fraud,” elections officials say. The meeting was to have been conducted Wednesday.
An agenda sent to the media Monday afternoon also said that the board would consider forming a committee to research the allegations, but that, too, has been canceled.
Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson said that the called meeting was canceled after speaking with Dougherty County Attorney Spencer Lee. “Based on advice from legal counsel, the meeting was canceled,” Nickerson said.
Nickerson said she didn’t know what “fraud” prompted the meeting to be called, but that Board Chairman Walter Blankenship called the meeting.
Blankenship couldn’t be reached Monday night.
Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards, who has authority to investigate any allegations of crime including voter fraud, said Monday afternoon that he hadn’t been contacted by anyone from the board about the matter.
“Certainly if there is an allegation of a crime that merits or necessitates involvement of the attorney general or the GBI, we’ll investigate it,” Edwards said.