Tuscaloosa City School Board Kelly Horwitz alleges voter fraud - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Tuscaloosa City School Board candidate alleges voter fraud

Kelly Horwitz believes there has been voter fraud in her election race. Source: WBRC video Kelly Horwitz believes there has been voter fraud in her election race. Source: WBRC video
One of the messages Horwitz claims supports the allegation of voter fraud. Source: WBRC video One of the messages Horwitz claims supports the allegation of voter fraud. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

A Tuscaloosa City School Board candidate is refusing to concede the election until all cases of alleged voter fraud are investigated.

The race for the District 4 seat on the school board may not be over. The unofficial results have Cason Kirby edging out Kelly Horwitz by 72 votes. Horwitz is far from conceding the election over what she calls questionable voting tactics used in the race.

FOX6 News has obtained an email and discovered a Facebook post which both reward voters with a free drink for showing their "I voted" sticker. Both messages also say to support Cason Kirby in the election.

Horwitz believes offering free drinks to voters is against the law.

"Our initial look at the law is that it's clearly prohibited," she said. "And I'm all about ensuring this election was fair...I'm going to find every avenue for ensuring that the laws are prosecuted and the people who committed crimes are held accountable."

Horwitz is also investigating more alleged voter fraud that surrounds hundreds of people who registered to vote right before the election.

"At the end of the day this isn't really about whether or not I'm in office. When it's all said and done, it's really about the sanctity of the process. We can't allow blatant illegalities to go on," she said.

Tuesday night, Kirby told FOX6 that he's run nothing but a clean race and is looking forward to being on the school board.

"I've heard the rumors....I don't know any of the facts or anything. But I will said again...that my campaign has been working hard. We're committed to winning but we're committed to winning fairly," he said. "And I believe that's what we did."

The law Horwitz refers to is Alabama Code 17-17-39. It says that any person who buys or offers to buy votes by the giving of intoxicating liquors is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. FOX6 will continue to follow this story.

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