MADISON, Fla. -- A judge is considering motions to dismiss election fraud charges against four defendants in a rural north Florida county.
Defense lawyers argued Wednesday in Madison that their clients may have committed technical violations but did nothing criminal in obtaining absentee ballots for other voters.
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 six defendants charged with felony election fraud in the alleged absentee ballot scheme. Her case and that of her husband were delayed because their lawyer was ill.
Circuit Judge Julian Collins did not immediately rule in the other four cases.
Suspended Supervisor of Elections Jada Woods Williams, meanwhile, is facing negligence charges. Her case has been moved to Tallahassee.