Lincoln County sheriff claims voter fraud cost him election

Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson, who narrowly lost a re-election bid Nov. 6, has filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office alleging voter fraud in the election.

Lawson’s complaint alleges that a dead person and felons under sentence cast ballots, that many absentee ballots were delivered by a single person near the end of voting and that absentee ballots were seen outside their envelopes before Election Day.

The secretary of state’s investigations division assigned an investigator to the case Nov. 9, and that investigation is ongoing, according to Chris Perlera, the deputy press secretary for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.