The State Board of Elections is investigating at least two claims of buying votes during the most recent Mt. Gilead mayoral election. The complaints were filed at the time of the election, last November, but are just now being investigated.

One claim involves a former resident of Tillery Chase, Mary Dennis. Dennis’ son, Bobby Thompson, filed a complaint with the local board of elections office and Department of Social Services saying his mother had been exploited. In his complaint Thompson said,  “I am a former resident of Mount Gilead and 1991 graduate of West Montgomery. I have spent the last 20 years in the Navy and currently reside in San Diego, California. This past weekend I found out from my mom Mary Dennis who resides at Tillery Chase Assisted Living Facility that a woman named Geri Dowd took my mom to Troy to register to vote on the condition that they support Patty Almond. For doing this she bought my mom a pack of cigarettes and lunch at McDonalds. My mother is physically disabled and has history of mental illness and has never voted in her life. She didn't have the ability to tell me the names of any candidates running for office or who she was voting for. My mom tells me that Geri Dowd is taking multiple residents almost on a daily basis. I must say that I am shocked at the tactics of local politics in Mount Gilead.  I don't have a dog to fight in this mayoral race, would just like to see that it fair and not corrupt. I just wanted to let you know what's going on and would like to register a formal complaint.  I do not take kindly to this woman taking advantage of any disabled citizen much less my own mother.”

To read the full article see the March 20 edition of the Herald.