Janet “J.T.” Thompson, who waged an unsuccessful bid for mayor of Charleston, has alleged that officials tampered with election equipment to guarantee incumbent Danny Jones’ victory. Thompson filed a complaint with the city clerk’s office Friday. She didn’t return calls Monday seeking comment.
Thompson alleges that officials in the Kanawha County Clerk’s office allowed “certain persons to manipulate the Electronic Voting System in the general election of May 17, 2011,” according to the complaint on file at the city clerk’s office.
The complaint also states that the County Clerk’s office allowed Jones or another person to have the keys to the secure room where the voting supplies were kept. Jones said he was not willing to “acknowledge” Thompson’s allegations.
“I didn’t acknowledge her during the campaign, and I’m not going to acknowledge her now,” he said.
“But if someone wants to come investigate the election, then that’s fine with me,” he said. “This was all done legally.”
County Clerk Vera McCormick and Chief Deputy County Clerk David Dodd strongly deny the allegations.