State elections board chides Thomson mayor

ATLANTA — The State Elections Board formally reprimanded Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry during Tuesday’s meeting for entering polling places as a candidate for re-election.

Brink Bradshaw and Kelvin Williams, the director of Thomson-McDuffie County Elections and Voter Registration, lodged the complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, which oversees elections. They accused Usry of intimidating voters by visiting three polling places during last year’s municipal election.

Usry told state investigators that he had heard rumors of irregularities and wanted to check them out. He said he didn’t know it was illegal for a candidate to visit polling places for any reason other than voting.

The state board closed the case without a fine or penalty, but it did order him to “cease and desist” along with issuing the reprimand.

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