6 accused of election misconduct in central Mississippi

A former police chief is among six people indicted on accusations that they tried to influence a 2017 election in a central Mississippi city by improperly helping people fill out absentee ballots and voting despite being disqualified, prosecutors said Thursday.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A former police chief is among six people indicted on accusations that they tried to influence a 2017 election in a central Mississippi city by improperly helping people fill out absentee ballots and voting despite being disqualified, prosecutors said Thursday.

Among those in the city of Canton who were indicted are alderwoman and former police chief Vickie McNeil and city employee and school board member Courtney Rainey.

Additional indictments are expected, Assistant Madison County District Attorney Bryan Buckley told the Madison County Journal .

It's unclear whether any of those charged have lawyers to speak for them.

Buckley said the investigation came after "voluminous" complaints from residents of Canton, which has a population of about 13,000.

Voter fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The 38-year-old Rainey, the city's director of human and cultural needs, was indicted on 10 counts of voter fraud, two counts of conspiring to commit voter fraud, two counts of voting by an unqualified person and one count of intimidating a witness.

The indictments allege Rainey paid five people for their votes, twice voted illegally in Canton elections although she no longer lived there, worked with another person to commit voter fraud and then tried to get one of the people she paid off to change the story they had given to investigators.

McNeill, 68, is indicted on four counts of voter fraud, alleging she illegally helped people cast absentee ballots when she was running for re-election. She was Canton's police chief from 2009 until 2013.

Desmand King, a deputy Canton city clerk, was indicted on two counts of voter fraud. He is accused of illegally helping someone vote in the Ward 7 alderman's race even though the voter no longer lived in that ward.

Donnell Robinson is indicted on two counts of voter fraud and two counts of voting by an unqualified person. He is accused of twice casting an absentee ballot in 2017 even though he was disqualified because of a 1995 conviction for receiving stolen property.

Jennifer Robinson is indicted on one count of voter fraud and one count of voting by an unqualified person for voting in the Ward 7 election even though she no longer lived there.

Sherman Matlock, 44, was indicted on counts of voter fraud and voting by an unqualified person on charges that he cast an absentee ballot even though he was disqualified because of a manslaughter conviction.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313942

Reported Deaths: 7240
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21580258
Hinds20330415
Harrison17879309
Rankin13594278
Jackson13429246
Madison10088217
Lee9970174
Jones8370163
Forrest7670152
Lauderdale7188241
Lowndes6387146
Lamar622486
Lafayette6184118
Washington5332133
Bolivar4801132
Oktibbeha462198
Panola4582106
Pearl River4506146
Marshall4435103
Warren4386121
Pontotoc420172
Monroe4107133
Union410076
Neshoba4030176
Lincoln3962110
Hancock378486
Leflore3493125
Sunflower335990
Tate333384
Pike3316105
Scott315773
Alcorn312768
Yazoo311469
Itawamba299777
Copiah296865
Coahoma295179
Simpson294988
Tippah288168
Prentiss279760
Adams278782
Marion269080
Leake267473
Wayne262641
Grenada261386
Covington258281
George247848
Newton246261
Winston227081
Tishomingo226667
Jasper221048
Attala214273
Chickasaw207757
Holmes188873
Clay185254
Stone182433
Tallahatchie178541
Clarke177980
Calhoun170532
Yalobusha164238
Smith162334
Walthall133945
Greene130533
Lawrence128524
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123042
Carroll121828
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107033
Tunica105226
Claiborne102430
Benton99525
Humphreys96533
Kemper95728
Franklin83623
Quitman80716
Choctaw76318
Wilkinson67230
Jefferson65528
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 531404

Reported Deaths: 10985
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson765501522
Mobile41036805
Madison34789503
Tuscaloosa25788453
Montgomery24340589
Shelby23449249
Baldwin21154308
Lee15882171
Calhoun14511314
Morgan14306279
Etowah13843353
Marshall12232223
Houston10570281
Elmore10068205
Limestone9974151
Cullman9676194
St. Clair9661243
Lauderdale9427241
DeKalb8831186
Talladega8227176
Walker7241277
Autauga6926108
Jackson6814112
Blount6678137
Colbert6306134
Coffee5519119
Dale4838111
Russell441538
Chilton4296112
Franklin426082
Covington4129118
Tallapoosa4023152
Escambia393677
Chambers3573123
Dallas3551152
Clarke351161
Marion3122101
Pike310977
Lawrence300398
Winston274473
Bibb260964
Geneva250477
Marengo249564
Pickens234461
Barbour231057
Hale223077
Butler216069
Fayette212562
Henry188844
Cherokee185245
Randolph180542
Monroe177540
Washington167339
Macon159650
Clay156756
Crenshaw152557
Cleburne148941
Lamar142535
Lowndes138853
Wilcox127130
Bullock122841
Conecuh110529
Perry107726
Coosa107628
Sumter104732
Greene92534
Choctaw60724
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Partly Cloudy
61° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Columbus
Partly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 62°
Oxford
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 59°
Starkville
Partly Cloudy
57° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 57°
High pressure has moved into our area and drier air has moved back into our area. Temperatures for daytime highs will get warmer and warmer over the next several days.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather