Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper is asking that failed Democratic mayoral candidate Janet “J.T” Thompson bring evidence to the commission regarding her allegations of voter fraud by the county clerk.
Carper had a strongly worded letter hand-delivered to Thompson Wednesday. In the letter, Carper asks Thompson to publicly present evidence of her claims.
“If you do not have proof of these allegations through evidence, I would recommend you withdraw your contestation and apologize,” he wrote in the letter. “I’ll call a special meeting for her to come in if I have to,” he said when reached by phone Wednesday.
Thompson made several allegations of voter fraud during the May 17 election when incumbent Republican Danny Jones soundly defeated her. Jones received 70.5 percent of the vote to Thompson’s 28.9.
She filed a five-page challenge in the city clerk’s office late Friday. In the challenge, Thompson alleges County Clerk Vera McCormick allowed Jones or other people to manipulate the electronic voting system to be used during the city’s general election.
Thompson refused to comment and abruptly hung up on a reporter Wednesday.