Eddie Lee, a candidate for the Helena-West Helena School Board, has challenged the results of the Sept. 15 school board election in Phillips County Circuit Court.
Eddie Lee, a candidate for the Helena-West Helena School Board, has challenged the results of the Sept. 15 school board election in Phillips County Circuit Court. He alleges that illegitimate votes were counted in his opponent’s favor. Lee ran against incumbent Constance Jarrett but lost his bid by five votes, 192 to 187.
In his complaint, Lee alleges that the Phillips County Election Commission “unlawfully” counted 12 votes in favor of Jarrett that were cast at the Phillips County Chamber of Commerce precinct box. He says that only seven of the 12 votes were legally cast.
Lee seeks a declaratory judgment and an order to set aside the results of the election. He also wants to be declared the winner of Helena-West Helena School Board seat for Zone Three.
Lee says that he has requested documents, a precinct-by-precinct tally sheet for each voting box in Zone Three, from the PCEC and they have failed to fulfill his request.
Lee accused the PCEC of “acting in collusion” with Jarrett. He also accused Jarrett of “actively and directly engaging in acts or actions with others to change voter registration addresses in order to obtain illegal votes within Zone three of the Helena-West Helena School District.”
Lee says the Phillips County Court Clerk sign in sheets for the election support his accusations of illegal votes being cast.
Lee’s complaint says that the Arkansas Civil Rights Act, the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act and the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 were violated. He seeks punitive damages as well.
Neither the PCEC nor Jarrett have answered the allegations in circuit court.