Resident Says He Was Denied Right to Vote

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

For many the historic presidential election will be memorable for all the right reasons. But William Culpepper will remember it for another reason.

"They basically denied me my American right to vote," Culpepper said.

The 22-year old said he registered to vote when he was 18 and voted in the 2004 general election, and last year's statewide elections. But when he went to the polls to vote on Tuesday, he was told there was no record of his registration or voting history.

"Very, very upset actually. And I definitely wanted to vote because I know that this was a part of history and I wanted to be part of history," said Culpepper.

Culpepper said there were others that were not allowed to vote and he's outraged and wants to know where his information is. So he questioned Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson.

"She said that she was pretty much baffled by the whole situation and that she said no records of me even voting in 2004 or 2007, so that makes me think my vote never ever counted," said Culpepper.

Johnson said on election day there were over 800 inquiries regarding voting. She couldn't pinpoint what may have happened with Culpepper's information but she says this is an unfortunate situation.

"We were unable to find this particular voter on the poll books," said Johnson. "We even researched the whole state because we have access for the whole state. And the only explanation we have with that being a common name that possibly he was voting under another name, innocently."

But Culpepper says that wasn't the case. Johnson says election commissioners do a great job of trying to keep the poll books current and accurate, but she says everyone makes mistakes.

"I want to get to the bottom of it and if I have to take legal action I will," said Culpepper.

Culpepper says he has contacted the Secretary of State's Office for further investigation.

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