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Judge denies Greenwood mayor's motion to dismiss challenge to 2013 election


GREENWOOD, Mississippi — A judge has denied a request from Greenwood Mayor Carolyn McAdams to throw out a challenger's lawsuit over the results of the 2013 election.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1HaopES ) that Judge Henry Lackey issued the order Wednesday.

McAdams, an independent, defeated Sheriel Perkins, a former mayor and Democratic challenger, in the June 4, 2013, general election by 206 votes.

Perkins wants the judge to declare her the winner or order a new election. She argues there were tainted votes, errors by election officials, vote-buying and racial discrimination.

McAdams argues that, even if the allegations of voter fraud and irregularities were proved at trial, the results of the election would still stand.

Lackey says it wasn't necessary that Perkins prove all the elements of her case in order to proceed to trial.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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