1993 Mississippi – Criminal Conviction – Calvin McFarland

Calvin McFarland, an incumbent running for re-election to the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, was convicted on two counts relating to illegally signing absentee ballots. McFarland, a Democrat, lost in the primary, and after a lengthy series of runoffs and challenges, was indicted along with 13 other then-current and former county officials. McFarland was charged with six counts of falsely signing names to ballots, and was convicted of two. One of them charged McFarland with signing a ballot in the name of ‘Lottie James,’ and then falsely attesting that James’ signature was valid. For each charge, McFarland was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. One of the prison sentences was suspended.

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