Multiple agencies investigating Port Allen voter fraud
PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office.
The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor through the mail, and dozens of those requests had information that did not match up with what was on file.
When early voting opened last Saturday, the Sheriff's Office says at least one person went in to cast a ballot but were told they already voted via mail-in ballot. The voter said they had yet to vote.
The Sheriff's Office says at least one of the alleged discrepancies came from someone tied to former Mayor Deedy Slaughter's camp. Now, law enforcement says hundreds of people are being interviewed.
Slaughters camp was out campaigning Friday afternoon and say her supporters have been approached about their signatures.
"Sheriff's Office is going around, asking people have they signed, is that their signature? Did they vote for Deedy Slaghter," said Ron Slaughter.
The Slaughter camp says they don't know anything about voter fraud.
"We didn't have a reason to cheat before," said Cathy Jackson. "We're certainly not cheating now."
Last year, ex-Mayor Deedy Slaughter was ousted by voters. She's still in the middle of a trial involving decisions she made during her 11 months as mayor.
Mayoral candidate Larry Bell was arrested on an outstanding warrant earlier this month.
Saturday, March 29 is the last day for people to vote early for the April 5 election.