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DA finds no improprieties in June 3 balloting

After a month-long investigation of voting in the June 3 primary election, Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis said there were no improprieties or irregularities found.

Davis said he had received a number of complaints relative to the election, but did not specify which race or candidate was under scrutiny.

Most assumed the Russell County Commission 4 race, where former Commissioner Ronnie Reed scored a 100-vote victory over three other candidates with more than 80 percent of the ballots absentee.

Davis again refused to pinpoint a charge, complaint or race, but said after a limited investigation involving examining "several" absentee ballots and interviewing voters, nothing irregular or unlawful was found.

"Over the course of the last few weeks, we have looked into the specific allegations that were made and we have found no improprieties with regard to those ballots and those allegations," Davis said Tuesday.

The district attorney said investigator Tom Franklin interviewed some 30 individuals who had made application for absentee ballots in the primary election and again found no improprieties or irregularities.

The result leaves Reed as the Democratic nominee for Commission District 4 with no Republican opposition for the general election. There is still the possibility of a write-in candidate.

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