Woman Sues Lincoln County Officials Over 2010 Primary

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Several current and former Lincoln County officials are being sued by a woman who claims she lost a 2010 bid for a County Commission seat because of ballot stuffing.

Maria "Phoebe" Harless' lawsuit says the defendants deprived her of her due process and equal protection rights. It seeks more than $57,000 in damages.

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Charleston.

Defendants include the Lincoln County Commission and individual commissioners, former Sheriff Jerry Bowman and former county Clerk Donald Whitten.

A call to the County Commission seeking comment on the lawsuit wasn't immediately returned Friday.

Bowman and Cook pleaded guilty in March to federal charges that they attempted to flood the county's 2010 Democratic primary with fraudulent absentee ballots.

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