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  • Sept. 2

    September 2, 2010 --

    Ex-Chattooga judge fined $15K for vote fraud No grand jury probe of Deal, lawyer says State to revise water permits for Plant Washington

    Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates’ donations after all

    Ethics panel: Limits apply to candidates' donations after all
    September 2, 2010 --

    The State Ethics Commission ruled today that political campaigns may not give unlimited amounts of donations to other campaigns, reversing a position it took just two weeks ago. On Aug. 17, the commission dismissed a complaint over a $10,000 contribution to Warner Robins mayoral candidate Chuck Chalk late last year, holding that state law might exempt political candidates from contribution limits. But the commission said today that other language in the statute caps those types of donations.

    Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties

    Election officials probing vote fraud in 4 counties
    September 2, 2010 --

    A dozen people, including a former sheriff, mishandled scores of absentee ballots cast in elections in four Georgia counties in 2008, state elections officials say. Investigators found ballots were requested or marked without voters’ knowledge, voters were assisted who did not need help, and some of the “helpers” covered their tracks by failing to sign paperwork to acknowledge their involvement. In Twiggs County, FBI analysis found fingerprints of former Sheriff Doyle Stone and his son, Greg Stone, on envelopes containing absentee ballots.