Woman turns in self in voter fraud case

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 9, 2008

VIDALIA — Four years later and on the eve of the next election, the only person convicted in the Ferriday voter fraud scandal turned herself in to authorities Friday.

Henrietta M. Williams, 56, was convicted in 2006 of filing false public records after she filled out an absentee ballot for Maude Lee Williams during the 2004 Ferriday mayoral election.

Williams was not qualified on the rolls of handicapped voters who could receive assistance voting.

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Williams was sentenced by Judge Sharon Marchman to five years in prison, but two-and-a-half of those years were suspended.

Though Williams fought the conviction all the way to the state Supreme Court, Marchman’s decision was ultimately upheld.

The high court heard the case after an appeals court upheld the conviction but asked for a reconsideration of the decision.

Six others were implicated in the voter fraud scandal — they were accused of tampering with absentee ballots — but all charges were eventually dropped against them.