Breaking: Ellington requests ASP launch voter fraud investigation at Shady Grove

An investigation into allegations of voter fraud involving the wet-dry vote at Shady Grove by the Arkansas State Police has been requested by Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington. 

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The criminal investigation centers around allegations that camper trailers, with no basic utilities, were used as places of residences by people who registered to vote in the Nov. 8 election, Ellington said.

Ellington sent a letter Wednesday to Arkansas State Police Capt. Mark Hollingsworth, requesting the investigation.

In the letter, Ellington said he had received information of potential voter fraud.

"It is my understanding that in June 2016, there were 71 registered voters residing within the township. By the time early voting began on October 25, 2016, the voter roll had increased to 103 registered voters within the township," Ellington wrote. "It does not strike me as a coincidence that the wet/dry vote for the township was being considered during the same time frame the township's population increased by 45%."

Ellington said his office was also looking into the camper trailer issue.

"I have received reports that several used camper trailers are being used as the places of residence for some of the township's newest registered voters. These trailers appear not to be habitable due to (the) lack of basic utilities such as water, electricity and/or gas connections," Ellington said.

Also, in the letter, Ellington said he believes at least two of the newly registered voters changed their voter registration back to their original county once stories about the wet/dry vote were run in the media.

Ellington said the allegations into the voter fraud issue are serious.

"When the integrity of the ballot box is questioned our democracy is questioned. I take allegations of voter fraud seriously and my record indicates I haven't shied away from it in the past and won't in this instance," Ellington said.

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