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Ward 3 election fraud trial underway

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Testimony has begun in the Larita Cooper-Stokes election fraud trial.  Five witnesses took the stand Tuesday afternoon after opening statements.

Joyce Jackson, Cooper-Stokes opponent in the Jackson City Council Ward 3 election, says there were several laws broken by Stokes campaign workers, and poll workers.  Jackson is challenging the election results, hoping to send the voters back to the polls for another contest.

Jackson's attorney John Reeves says state laws were broken at five voting precincts, including campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place, aiding voters at the machines that didn't ask for help,and playing of campaign ads on a radio at the polls.  

Clarence Henderson, a Jackson campaign worker said, "One lady came up there and whispered in my ear, vote for Mrs. Stokes, cause we need her, she's the lady!"

Michael Hayes who was a poll watcher said he saw several violations of state law.  One was the parking of the vehicle with campaign literature in the windows for a half hour, right in front of a polling place.

Hayes said one precinct had a radio on that was playing a vote for Stokes commercial.

Larita Cooper-Stokes won the election by 138 votes.  Her attorneys call this the case of the sore loser.

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