Allen et al v. The City of Evergreen, Alabama et al
ORDER DENYING Plf's 55 Motion for Further Relief as to Certain Absentee Ballots as set out. Signed by Judge Callie V. S. Granade on 6/11/2013. (tot)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
DAN ALLEN, et al.,
CITY OF EVERGREEN,
) CIVIL ACTION NO. 13-107-CG-M
This matter is before the court on plaintiffs’ motion for Further Relief as to
Certain Absentee Ballots, with supporting declarations (Doc. 55), defendants’
opposition thereto with the affidavit of the city clerk (Doc. 57), and plaintiffs’ reply,
with the attached declaration of Adam Boykin. (Doc. 58).
Plaintiffs allege that at least six black voters that requested absentee ballots
were subjected to irregular treatment. Plaintiffs state that on May 17, 2013, the
city clerk failed to post a list of persons who had requested absentee ballots. Six
voters who had requested absentee ballots were allegedly approached the following
day by two individuals who offered to assist them in casting their ballots. These
individuals allegedly filled out some of the ballots outside of the voters’ presence
and may have even cast their vote for a different candidate than the voter intended.
Defendants contend that the clerk posted the list of requested absentee
ballots on May 16, 2013, and that all of the six named voters were included on the
May 16 list. There were reportedly no changes to the list on May 17, 2013 and thus,
a new list was not posted on that date. Defendants also point out that the alleged
actions of the two individuals that approached the six voters has nothing to do with
the defendants or the Section 5 claims that are before the court in this action.
In their reply, plaintiffs contend that the president of the Conecuh County
NAACP and chairman of the NAACP’s Absentee Ballot Committee for the Get-OutThe-Vote effort, Adam J. Boykin, checked the posting for absentee voters on May
17, 2013 and upon finding none, asked the clerk when she was going to start posting
the absentee ballot list. The clerk reportedly responded that she did not know.
Plaintiffs further assert that the special election is being held pursuant to court
order under the direction and supervision of the court and that reasonable steps
should be taken to protect the integrity of the election process, however, the
plaintiffs cite no case law which would support the court’s ability to take the action
Upon review of the filings described above, the court finds that it does not
have jurisdiction over the allegations that two individuals committed election
offenses. There is no indication that the two individuals have any connection to
any of the parties in this case. There is also no indication that the actions of the
parties or the city clerk caused or encouraged the alleged misconduct or that
reasonable steps could have been taken that would have prevented the alleged
misconduct by the two individuals. There appears to be no dispute that the clerk
has issued and posted a list of the persons who have requested absentee ballots and
that the list has been provided to plaintiffs and Mr. Boykin. Although Mr. Boykin
reports that there was no list publicly posted on May 17, 2013, the evidence
presented to the court indicates that there was no new list to be posted on that date
and the clerk maintains that the list was timely posted on May 16, 2013.
For the reasons stated above, plaintiffs’ motion for Further Relief as to
Certain Absentee Ballots (Doc. 55), is DENIED.
DONE and ORDERED this 11th day of June, 2013
/s/ Callie V. S. Granade
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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