Election precinct judges denies allegations she left site; complaint dismissed
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent March 19, 2013 2:40PM
Updated: April 21, 2013 6:29AM
A complaint against a Democratic Gary precinct judge alleging she left the polling place for three hours on Election Day, among other issues, has been dismissed after the judge emphatically denied the claims.
Mozell Jones, an election judge in Gary’s 18th precinct, Tuesday told the Lake County Board of Elections she “never left the polling place” as complainant Juanita Bradley, a Republican, said.
Bradley, who also appeared before the panel said Jones left the polling place around 3 p.m. and returned just prior to the poll closing at 6 p.m.
Neither woman brought had witness to corroborate their positions.
Bradley also alleged Jones turned away an election worker who arrived at the polling place 10 minutes after the poll opened, replacing him with a different worker, and that she allowed a write-in candidate to sit inside the vestibule of the polling place and approach voters as they entered the building.
“For one, I never left the poll,” Jones said.
Jones said regarding the other matters the worker arrived to the polling place 45 minutes after it opened, not 10, and had to be replaced.
The candidate was located outside of the 50 foot “chute” leading into the polling place where candidates are prohibited, she said.
She said she did not see the complaint prior to receiving the subpoena to appear but would be able to produce witnesses to verify her position if judges would continue the hearing.
“I could have everyone that was in there come here to testify,” Jones said.
Election board members unanimously moved to dismiss the complaint.