Election workers mum on criminal allegations
MEGAN GRAY and JOEY DAUBEN
The Ellis County Press
PALMER – A controversial newsletter spreading around this eastern Ellis County town alleged the city’s election judge of counting votes behind closed doors, but when a list of co-election workers was asked to go on record, most had the same answer.
Former Councilwoman Joice Price, Pattie Choate and Angeline Headrick worked the simultaneous school board election on May 10 with the Palmer city election in which saw the defeat of Councilman Mike Greenlee, who spent taxpayer funds on strip clubs, bars and hotels on a city-issued credit card.
"No comment" was the answer from Price and Choate.
Headrick said, "we just counted the votes, that was all."
The Palmer Truths newsletter, in an apparent competition with the Palmer Post, alleged criminal acts committed by an anti-Greenlee faction of political activists. Barbara Sample, another election worker, alleged "something was going on" but she didn’t have all the details.
"I was working with the school over on the other side [of the election poll location] doing sign-in sheets," she said.
"I did know something was going on, but I didn’t know what."
Among other allegations, it was alleged by the newsletter – which had no bylines or attributed articles – that municipal Judge Sue Schmidt was hearing cases involving family members, which she denied.
"I think they should put their names on it," she said.