Hinds County District 2 Supervisor David Archie is contesting the results of the recent election results against challenger Anthony Smith. Archie is claiming that there was voter fraud committed in the Democratic primary election held on Aug. 8.
He alleges that his fellow Democrats committed "high-tech election heist with corruption as well as fraud."
WAPT reported, "He lost to Anthony Smith, who, according to results from Hinds County election officials, won by 63% of the vote."
After losing the election, Archie said he requested a ballot box review of the election results. He claimed that the Hinds County Democratic Party only provided him with the paper ballots, but did not supply him with secondary confirmation measures, such as a voter signature book, digital images of the ballots, or the thumb drives from the voting machines.
Archie claimed the election fraud was orchestrated by Jacqueline Amos – chairperson of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee.
Archie alleges that Amos disparaged him in a text message between her and an unnamed person.
The unidentified person reportedly texted Amos, "Hey, don't let them cheat Debroha Dixon out of her election. She won fair and square."
Archie alleges Amos answered, "She won. But I'm going to f*** David Archie on the site!!!"
"The bottom line is that we have the text, she’s the chairperson, she’s the one that’s responsible," Archie said at a press conference. "She must be impartial to any and all elections here in Hinds County and this does not speak that she was being impartial to an election."
Archie proclaimed, "We have videotape of Jacque Amos going into boxes, bringing in thumb drives, bringing in ballots to be inserted into machines. We have pictures of Jacque Amos participating in what we think that is fraud as well as corruption."
Taylor Pedigo, a District 2 resident, said at the press conference, "I was watching the election numbers come in and immediately I knew that something funny was going on, that this man that I had never heard of, that I had never seen a yard sign of... came out the gate with a huge lead. This leads me to believe that this needs further investigation."
Cynthia Walker, a Yazoo City resident who participated in the ballot recount, said at the press conference, "I have reason to believe that we don’t know if you got 1,800 voters. All we know is you got 1,800 paper ballots. Had she left me some books, and I came back to 1,800, had she left me some media sticks, and I came back to 1800, had she left me a tally sheet, I came back to 1,800. Had they left us a receiving and a receipt in return form, we could come back to some serial numbers. Had they filled out the ballot accounting form, I could go back to 1,800. I can’t go anywhere but count those paper ballots. That does not tell us anything."
Archie was defeated by Smith by nearly 1,900 votes in the Democratic primary.
Amos responded to the voter fraud allegation in an email statement that read:
The Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee conducted the August 8th Democratic Primary in keeping with applicable state law. The Executive Committee has canvassed the returns and certified the results of the August 8th primary. Those results speak for themselves, as does relevant state law for anyone seeking to contest the certification of the votes duly cast on August 8th. We understand that one candidate who lost, namely David Archie, has decided to challenge the results of the August 8, 2023, primary. He has the right to challenge the results. We stand ready for the challenge and will cooperate however necessary.
Archie demanded that Amos resign from her position as chairperson of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee. He threatened to file criminal charges if she did not step down for alleged meddling with election integrity.
Archie is a member of the NAACP, an ACLU supporter, and a civil rights activist.
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