According to The Augusta Chronicle, a District 3 Commission candidate has filed a complaint against the Richmond County Board of Elections alleging Civil Rights Voting Act violations.
Lori Myles finished third in the four-way election June 9 in results certified by the board last week. The difference in her total and second-place finisher Catherine Smith McKnight’s was 2.3%, greater than the 1% needed for an automatic recount. Sean Mooney and Catherine Smith McKnight are headed to an Aug.11th runoff.
According to Election Director, Lynn Bailey, there were a remaining 499 voters that did not select a District 3 candidate on the ballot. That is one of the issues that Myles cited in her complaint.
Myles file the complaint, on Monday in Richmond County Superior Court. At press time Lynn Bailey said she was unaware of the complaint.
Myles’ complaint suggest that numerous issues including "sabotage and destruction" warrant a recount in both her race and all three commission races.
All three Commission races are headed to the August runoffs.
with this election discriminates against Black women, none of whom have served on the Augusta Commission since Betty Beard in 2004 in District 1, Myles said.Myles questioned the opening of mailed ballots prior to election day, which was permitted by the state because of the impact of the Corona Virus on the use of absentee ballots.
Myles further states that “repetitive addresses” allowed for duplicate voting and that polling places had no on-site complaint procedures.
She also suggest that there were “discrepancies and disparities” in voter turnout and published results, including those who skipped the District 3 contest on the ballot.