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Voter fraud allegations surface in hotly-contested Tuscaloosa School Board race

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Allegations have come forward that college-aged voters were offered drinks in exchange for their vote for Cason Kirby in the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education District 4 race. He narrowly defeated incumbent Kelly Horwitz by just 72 votes. Allegations have come forward that college-aged voters were offered drinks in exchange for their vote for Cason Kirby in the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education District 4 race. He narrowly defeated incumbent Kelly Horwitz by just 72 votes.
TUSCALOOSA, AL -

A hotly contested Tuscaloosa School Board race had ended in nearly a dead heat and so far, no one has conceded.    

Incumbent Kelly Horwitz for district four in Tuscaloosa was 72 votes short of her opponent Cason Kirby.    

But allegations of provisional voter fraud are arising.    

The voting boxes are being packed up but the election in district four isn't over.    

Christopher Lynn, an assistant professor and voter in Tuscaloosa's fourth district said a college student approached him at the voting precinct yesterday with an email that encouraged her to vote for Cason Kirby and Lee Garrison.     

Lynn sent us the email it reads:  "Both of these guys are absolutely qualified for these positions and we need to do our part by going out to support them. (P.S: if you wear your "I voted" sticker you will receive a free drink at Moe's and Innisfree on election night…so seriously, go vote)" 

Lynn said, "They didn't really know much about the other candidate and we doing it for a free drink. That has nothing to do with the quality of education or improvements within the community."    

Kirby said he ran a clean campaign "I don't know any of the facts surrounding anything. But I will say again what I said earlier in the week that my campaign has been working hard. We were committed to winning. But we were too committed fairly and I think that's what we did," Kirby added.    

Not all of the ballots in district four have been counted. The city clerk said provisional ballots for district four and all the other districts in Tuscaloosa City limits will be counted Tuesday September third. 

Opponent Kelly Horwitz said she is waiting to see the registered voting list first hand before she concedes to Kirby or pursues further legal action. 

"Until I have that in hand and can access how many voters walked in who may also raise eyebrows I can't make a decision," Horwitz added.

The University of Alabama released the following statement on the allegations:

"The University of Alabama believes that participation in the democratic process provides an opportunity for our students to engage in their civic responsibility. We certainly expect our students to protect the integrity of the election process, the privacy of each individual's vote and the ability of all individuals to vote their conscience. We will continue to emphasize to our students that voting is a serious responsibility that must not be taken lightly. Students whoa re found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct." 

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