Primary prompts complaints

Primary prompts complaints

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

The March 19 primary battle between incumbent state Rep. Charles Jefferson and contender Carol Bell sparked some complaints to the city election board, according to Director Nancy Strain.

“We did have some complaints,” Strain said. She identified the locale of the protests as the 51st and 57th precincts of the fifth ward, the area around Pilgrim Baptist Church.

Strain said the complaints alleged that both the Jefferson and Bell campaigns were electioneering within 100 feet of the polling place.

Jefferson denied any complaints. “It wasn’t a complaint,” he said. “We had some people outside (the church), and Carol came out. Someone from her campaign had posted yard signs outside the polling place,” Jefferson said. He said other signs were posted outside another polling place on Morgan Street.

Strain said the complaints came from both campaigns during the day but totaled less than 10 calls, by her estimate.

“We sent commissioners out there two or three times,” she said, “but they were not doing it when we were there. We only went to one precinct.”

Jefferson said: “They investigated and found my side in the right.” Carol Bell could not be reached for comment.

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