Tunica Co woman's voter fraud conviction upheld

By The Associated Press

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the voter fraud conviction of a Tunica County woman accused of submitting phony absentee ballots in the August 2007 presidential primary.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/TyvefD ) reports that the court affirmed all 10 vote fraud counts against Lessadolla Sowers. The high court also upheld the sentence: Five years of prison on each count, all running at the same time.

According to the ruling, 17 absentee ballots pulled from sealed ballot boxes listed a Post Office box rented by Sowers. Eight people testified that they had not signed applications or absentee ballots cast in their names. Testing found Sowers’ DNA on the envelopes.