Woman alleges she was promised car for votes

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 4:17 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 12:53 AM
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The Georgia secretary of state’s office is investigating an allegation of vote-buying in the Democratic runoff for Richmond County sheriff.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength said his investigators forwarded information Tuesday to the secretary of state after a preliminary investigation into a complaint made by a 23-year-old Augusta woman against a person campaigning for school public safety Lt. Richard Roundtree.

The woman, Latasha Moore, said she was at a Round­tree campaign event Aug. 18 at the Dogwood Ter­race public housing area and was approached by Jerry Lee Jordan, according to a sheriff’s report.

Moore said Jordan promised her a car if she could persuade four other people to vote for Roundtree in the Aug. 21 runoff between him and sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles.

Moore told police she encouraged several people to vote for Roundtree and “obtained election certificates from the poll workers” to prove they had voted. Moore said that when she was finally able to make contact with Jordan, she was told she wouldn’t get a car “because the candidate had lost by 1,000 votes,” the report said.

The sheriff said Moore complained to police that she didn’t receive the car that was promised.

Strength said investigators sent the case to the secretary of state’s office for further investigation.

Jared Thomas, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, confirmed that the information had been received Tuesday and an investigation had been opened.

Roundtree said he was not familiar with the allegation and that he wanted to read the police report before commenting further.

Reached by phone Tues­day, Moore said she was upset that the media was calling her and “knocking on my door.”

She said she didn’t want her name used in a police report and would not cooperate with any investigation.

“I told the sheriff that when I gave him all those papers,” she said. “I ain’t going to do it.”

Moore refused to say more and hung up. She did not return messages left on her voice mail seeking further comment.

Jordan’s wife, Cushena Jordan, said her husband had surgery Tuesday and wasn’t able to speak. She said she knew Moore as a customer of her business, U Wanna Ride Used Cars on Deans Bridge Road.

Jordan said the allegations were false and that she and her husband had asked everyone at the event to bring people they knew to the polls to vote for Roundtree. She said that when Moore said she didn’t have a car, her husband said to “get a down payment and come see me,” not that he would give her a car for votes.

“Anybody who knows my husband knows he don’t give away nothing,” she said.

Jordan said she has consulted with a lawyer and intends to file a complaint against Moore for slander.

She said she was upset that the report had been sent to the secretary of state when no sheriff’s investigators had spoken with her husband.

“Nobody has talked to us about it before tonight,” she said.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/29/12 - 10:02 am
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Roundtree reminds me of Alvin Greene. A complete nobody, of dubious personal morality, who won a Democratic primary completely out of nowhere, simply because he was black. The guy comes over as a complete joker who's more surprised than anyone at his own success.

I do enjoy the contributions of the Roundtree supporters on this forum, though. Most appear to have dificultee wit spelin. The name is "Roundtree", not "Rountree" and the word is "bare" not "bear". Fine graduates of the Georgia/Carolina public school system, no doubt.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 10:01 am
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Dead horse

This dead horse won't go anywhere....sorry...THE END.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 10:05 am
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I don't see how you can do

I don't see how you can do anything to the woman. She says it's over and she's not saying anything more. She didn't file a complaint. She gave something to the Sheriff is all. She didn't make up the little voting papers, but they prove nothing. The Sheriff had to report what he was told, but that's about all that will come out of it. I mean it takes a monumental scheme of voter fraud to overturn an election. I've seen what I thought were valid complaints and they didn't change anything. They won't touch this silly thing.

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 10:25 am
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Ignorance

For anyone to assume that certain 'favors' for votes do not exist are really not too bright. It happens ALL the time!

The very fact of having the voter ID law is enough evidence.

This is a "us" versus "them" world we live in and the ones that claim it isn't are probably the worst perpetrators.

Would I love to see Tree go down on voter fraud? You bet your sweet bippie! Do I believe that certain campaign managers resort to shady practices? ABSOLUTELY!

It all boils down to the proof. One never knows the outcome until it is over. We'll see.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/29/12 - 10:35 am
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Buy and Sell

catawba7 posted:

Let me say first of all that any person who would agree to give their vote for a car is a criminal and should be arrested.

I think it is illegal in Georgia to give a thing of value in return for someone else's vote.

But I don't think it is illegal to receive a thing of value in return for your vote.

I could be wrong.

catawba7 posted:

I do not believe that any business person would agree to give away a car for (4) votes, if so he/she would be out of business in a few minutes.

There are some cars out there that are only worth about four or five votes.

By the way, the going rate for one vote these days is about fifty dollars.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/29/12 - 11:36 am
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No need for concern, if wrong

No need for concern, if wrong is being done; it repeats itself until caught.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 08/29/12 - 11:55 am
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I see my comment was DELETED

I see my comment was DELETED for simply stating the truth. A person in Jefferson county should have no reason to be worried about who the sheriff is in Richmond county. Regardless of what "business" they claim to be running. If you want to see a real treat and you are bored one Sunday just take a ride out to Stapleton. Then you might get an idea of what is really going on.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 08/29/12 - 11:58 am
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BTW

How can you be a customer of their car business if you have no car? Contradicting if you ask me. I think Ms. Moore is not cooperating now because pressure has been put on her to keep her mouth shut.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/29/12 - 12:17 pm
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Easy folks. Pace yourself.

Easy folks. Pace yourself. This is just the first of many to come from the Roundtree comedy tour.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/29/12 - 12:36 pm
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Catawba

There you go again... tossing around that word "hate" in the most inappropriate manner. Personally, I just find it to be very frustrating when people vote based on things beyond qualifications. By all means, if you are educated and informed about your candidate's postions, history, qualifications, and still want to vote for them, knock yourself out. Don't be surprised though when people look down their noses in amusement that someone could vote for such a candidate. That isn't "hate"; it is bewilderment.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 01:44 pm
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If I Wanted to Buy Votes

If I wanted to buy votes, I’d never be so obvious about vote buying such as this lady said happened. I’d work in deceptive ways giving thousands to a candidate myself and via others, plus paying expenses for parties, fried chicken for the public and so on.

All this would be done without an expressed request or promise of a reward in return, but only a wink that I’d probably get a good job and a stack of get out of jail free cards.

Right on
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Right on 08/29/12 - 01:44 pm
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What is really sad about all

What is really sad about all of this is, "how many folks complaining actually went to the polls". Look at the numbers. The complainers far out weigh the voters!!!!

Music Man Augusta
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Music Man Augusta 08/29/12 - 02:19 pm
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Augusta Richmond County Comedy Tour

Thank goodness I live outisde of ARC. Every time I read the paper, or see the news, it is comical to see the battles between politicians and elected officials. This car promise claim comes as no surprise. It's only a surprise to those who don't believe that polititians (as a whole) are crooks and have agendas other than public service. It is refreshing to note that Augusta must lead the country in the amount of officials that have been imprisoned for their misdeeds. Keep it up guys... I need the laugh.

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 02:37 pm
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Vote buying

If I wanted to buy a vote, I would go to a place of mass gathering and tell the crowd whatever I could to get them to vote for my guy. If that meant bringing fried chicken along well then why not? If I wanted to go to a nightclub and buy a round of drinks well then why not?
It is inane to assume that a candidate can't use a certain advantage to get his message across and your damn right I am going to eat his chicken while I listen to him.
Vote influencing has been going on a lot longer than in a sheriff's election between democrat candidates.
It's a little late to whine about the rules when it has been status quo for decades. To single out one or two candidates is deplorable.
There is still contention about the Florida election even after all these years.
Some people need to get a grip and stop downing a losing candidate without acknowledging others misdeeds!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 02:43 pm
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Fishman

It is sooo hard to get a grip when the grip is sooo slipppery...:)

I wish I could get a grip on this housework....bye bye

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 02:45 pm
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OOOH

I like that 111111 .....nice number ...lucky...buy a lotto tkt!

lynn7044
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lynn7044 08/29/12 - 02:51 pm
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Haters, Is so strong.

Haters, is so strong in RC until I see how the city and sheriff department was our tax dollars. I am waiting to see how Scott Pebbles is going to come out and support a Republican or is he really a Democrats supporter. The only thing it would mean is when or if he decide to run again just be honest and say he is really a Republican. What Freddie Sanders was saying that you were really a Republican.
With is statement that makes this non-creditable to me: Why would you not call the sheriff department if you was at a fund-raiser long before the election. That mean you was going to be a theif as well to think you where getting a car for 4 votes.
"Ms. Moore said Mr. Jordan promised her a car if she could persuade four other people to cast votes for Roundtree...." She sound silly, because how would anyone know that you got people to do that.
The one thing that I feel that Roundtree will have to do is get Mr. Jordan to play more of a low key role in his campaign. I personal don't feel that Jordan did anything wrong but there is a much larger role that need to do for Richmond County. When we have to get out and go door-to-door or those back yard cookout to get more people to know Roundtree. So where he have people that's working with him he going to have to do that back yard cookout so alot of the new people who are now apart of RC can learn about him the man and not what's on TV. Answer people question in a more relax atmosphere.
You Will Win Just Trust Yourself First. Good Luck

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 03:05 pm
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Seenit

I wasn't referring to you. But if you want to take it as such, feel free.
You and I are working for the same goal, believe it or not......

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 02:56 pm
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Door to door

That is what it takes to meet new people. I see nothing wrong with grilling for a mass of people either.
When it goes to one telling another 'I'll give you x amount of dollars to vote for this guy" that is where the line is crossed.

jayman
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jayman 08/29/12 - 03:01 pm
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Watch out Roundtree, they

Watch out Roundtree, they will get you, and run you off, just like they did Oz Nesbitt.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/29/12 - 03:07 pm
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fish

I was joking withya.....sometimes we get too serious on here....i know we are working for the same goal........most of all to make Richmond county the best it can be....

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 03:13 pm
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seenit

You're right about some being so serious on here. I know I am very serious on here because I want what is best for RC.
If Roundtree's camp is indeed proven to have violated the law, then let the chips fall where they may. I myself believe there was some truth to the allegation, but probably not an illegal activity. Who knows?
But to imply that buying fried chicken to garner votes is just absurd to me.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 03:17 pm
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Fish, I think the Fried

Fish, I think the Fried Chicken Votes are about as funny as a car for 4 votes...and about as ridiculous.

SeenIt, yep, I was a 11111 once.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/29/12 - 03:18 pm
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ALFORD PLEA'D

someone call pete theodicion! this is like sort of like bribery!

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 03:18 pm
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Ridiculous

River, I am glad you feel that way. Why do you keep bringing it up?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 03:32 pm
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Fish, it's funny. Smile.

Fish, it's funny. Smile.

But at most fish fries or chicken dinners, it's usually the other way around. The people there getting the food give money to the candidate. It's a way to get donations. I don't think the fried chicken we are talking about resulted in any contributions.

fishman960
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fishman960 08/29/12 - 03:42 pm
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River

Apparently Richard was able to feed more people than Scott.
At least that is what the polls showed.

I do smile...... when you are being funny......

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 03:54 pm
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Lots of funny stuff

Lots of funny stuff in this Who Shot Boo election. The most egregious election violations that I suspect took place were violations of the Ethics Rules that limit the amount that can be given to a candidate. Money is given to others to donate in their names. Now if someone from the Ethics Commission wants to contact me about that, I’ll be glad to tell them what I’m pretty sure happened, tell them what I know and help in any way I can.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 08/29/12 - 04:34 pm
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Let the circus begin.
Unpublished

Let the circus begin.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/30/12 - 10:20 am
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New Cast of Administrators

No matter if Roundtree or Chief Sanders wins I suspect the new sheriff will bring in his own people to run things. After all, Peebles supporters were saying here he would do much the same thing if he had won and I didn't see anyone correcting those comments. Peebles did apparently say no one would be fired, but one officer. I know Col. Gary Powell is respected by all the REMAINING candidates. It will be interesting to see the new team.

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