MADISON, Fla. -- A judge is hearing motions to dismiss election fraud charges against six defendants, including a suspended school board member in a rural north Florida county.
Defense lawyers were set to argue Wednesday in a Madison courtroom that their clients, all black, did nothing wrong and are victims of an attempt by state authorities to suppress minority voter turnout.
The charges stem from a 2010 school board election in Madison County. The winner, by a mere 28 votes, was Abra Hill Johnson. She's one of the six defendants charged with felony election fraud in an alleged absentee ballot scheme.
Suspended Supervisor of Elections Jada Woods Williams, meanwhile, is facing misdemeanor negligence charges. Her case has been moved to Tallahassee.
Two other felony defendants settled their cases through pretrial intervention.