Posted: Oct 13, 2010 6:34 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI
Updated: Oct 14, 2010 8:53 AM
(note: the candidates/campaign signs shown in this story's video are not necessarily involved in the investigation or allegations of fraud.)
Accusations of voter fraud tonight in Ville Platte where at least a dozen residents claim they unknowingly handed over their votes to a stranger. They contacted KATC and reporter Mike Magnoli went to Evangeline Parish to hear their complaints, now an official investigation is underway.
A blue house in Ville Platte is at the center of the controversy. How many registered voters could possibly live there?
Laura Ann Williams says a woman approached her on the street-- she had a stack of paperwork and a pen: "She told me it was for voter registration, she said she'd fill it out for me, I told her my information, she wrote it down, then I signed my signature."
But Laura Williams says she was tricked, the woman didn't write down Laura's real address. Other people in Ville Platte say the same woman did the same thing to them...many of them discovered they had been registered as a resident of the blue house.
And some people say when they went to the Reg. of Voters office to cast their ballot they were told they already had-- by mail.
"They looked at their name and said you voted already," Myra Fontenot ran for Ville Platte city council and lost, she says she's not contesting the election results, but she is concerned because two of her friends were tricked.
"I think its wrong and illegal and I think something needs to be done about it."
The registrar of voters tells KATC an investigation has been opened, the District Attorney and the Secretary of the State's office are looking into this matter.