Three charged with election crime

SAGINAW, Mich. - Three people, including two board members, have been charged with crimes related to the Buena Vista school board election in May, according to WEYI-TV25 and The Saginaw News.

The station reported that the Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office charged Alvin Jernigan, Julius Boarden and Leonard Williams.

Jernigan and Williams, both current board members, were charged with improper possession/return of absentee voter ballots, a felony, as well as making false statements in applying for an absentee ballot, a misdemeanor, according to The News.

Boarden was charged with making false statements in applying for an absentee ballot; he pleaded not guilty at a hearing Friday, The News reported.

Boarden and Williams both were candidates in the election, and Williams won a seat, according to The News. Jernigan was already a member of the board but was not a candidate in the May election. Neither Boarden nor Williams was appointed by the clerk to possess ballots, WEYI reported.

The News reported it could not reach any of the three men for comment.

WEYI-NBC25, "3 Buena Vista school representatives charged," Sept. 18, 2009

The Saginaw News, "UPDATE: Three charged in alleged Buena Vista school election fraud," Sept. 18, 2009

Michigan Education Digest, "Schools move to November elections," Aug. 7, 2009