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FDLE: No sign clerk tried to suppress black vote

November 18, 2013
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state is about to close an investigation into voter suppression complaints in the small town of Sopchoppy, and a prosecutor says no charges will be filed.

State Attorney Willie Meggs said Monday that there is no evidence of voter suppression in the municipal election where the black incumbent mayor lost re-election by one vote.

The former mayor and a black city commissioner who also lost her re-election bid filed complaints with the state alleging that the white city clerk suppressed the black vote.

But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in a summary of its investigation said it couldn't find evidence that any poll worker, election official or city employee fraudulently tried to influence the vote.



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