Vote fraud in Georgia
In October 2009, former Dodge County Sheriff Lawton Douglas Jr. and two co-defendants pleaded not guilty to federal vote-buying and conspiracy charges related to elections in 2004. Douglas was indicted in July 2009 on two counts of conspiracy and four counts of vote buying. Olin Norman “Bobo” Gibson of Helena was indicted on the same six counties. Thedy Deneen McLeod is charged with two counts of conspiracy.
Douglas is accused of giving money to Gibson, McLeod and others to pay people to vote for him.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield said that the government is charging Douglas, Gibson and McLeod with conspiracy to “buy votes and have persons vote more than once”.