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Mayor flees cameras after making fraud claims

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NEW ROADS - Allegations of voter fraud in New Roads Friday didn't come with any evidence to back them up.

Mayor Robert Myer, who faces stiff re-election competition from Cornell Dukes, called a press conference Friday to accuse his opponent of trying to bribe or intimidate voters. He claimed to have evidence of that fraud, but never presented it to the press.

"I'm going to tell you right now, a vote is worth more than a beer and two dollars, here's the tape right here, we're not here with hearsay, we're here with facts," Myer said.

When asked to play the tape and questioned further about the evidence he claimed he had, Myer refused and walked away from cameras to avoid answering more questions. He did claim the investigation was in the hands of the sheriff's office and Secretary of State's office.

The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office said they have no investigations open, but instead passed the complaints along to the proper authorities. A spokesperson for the Secretary of State said they can't publicly comment on investigations during an election cycle.

Dukes said Myer is trying to smear him because Dukes raised questions about the mayor's credit card expenses. He paid to obtain public records which showed Myers spent more then $150,000 on the city's credit card over the past three years.

"This is one of the reasons I'm running for mayor, because it's more deception and deceit from the current administration, I asked for records and where the money was spent, but instead of the providing the records they want to crimp up some allegations against me," Dukes said.

Myer and Dukes face off in the general election this Tuesday, Nov. 4. You can find more voter resources on our Election Center page.


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