Democrats consider legal action in Elizabethtown Town Council fraud case

Bartholomew County Democratic Party officials are exploring legal action to stop the election fraud set to occur in Tuesday’s election for Elizabethtown Town Council. Republican Paul Humes is listed on Tuesday’s election ballot, but won’t be able to take office because Republican Humes has two felony convictions from the 1990s.

“I was shocked and disappointed to read in the newspaper that County Treasurer and Republican chairperson Barb Hackman and County Clerk Tami Hines have known about this since before the primary, yet refused to act,” Democratic Party Chair Priscilla Scalf said. “For seven long months they have covered up Mr. Humes’ intended election fraud in order to retain partisan control of the office.”

“These public officials are abusing their positions of responsibility,” Scalf continued, “I intend to find out legally whether they can be held liable for knowingly allowing this election crime to occur.  Liability or not, they certainly have an ethical obligation to the law, the democratic process, and to the voting public, and they ignored that obligation.”

By allowing Humes to remain on the ballot, Republicans will be allowed to appoint a replacement for Humes chosen by party officials. Had he been removed, the remaining council members, two Democrats, would be able to fill the vacancy.

Democrats issued this statement in response to a front page story in The REPUBLIC newspaper on this date. http://www.therepublic.com/view/local_story/Shoo-in-on-ballot-can-t-serve-_1414628531

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