Election Complaint in Calhoun County Dismissed

The Florida Elections Commission says Calhoun County's sheriff did not keep a prisoner from voting two years ago.

Sheriff David Tatum was accused of trying to keep a county jail inmate from filing an absentee ballot in the 2004 election. The prisoner was awaiting trail and had the right to vote.

The complaint, filed by former Calhoun County Clerk of Court Willie D. Wise, indicated Tatum may have hindered the prisoner’s last minute attempt to vote.

The case investigator noted the prisoner’s wife waited until two hours before the voting ended before she tried to get the ballot to her husband. The sheriff denied her access to the prisoner because the inmates had already been secured for the evening.

The vote was counted after two attorneys intervened.