Austin Mayor Faces Vote Fraud Charges

Prosecutors have charged that the mayor of Austin illegally handled absentee ballots during the 2011 primary campaign.
Austin Mayor Douglas Campbell, 57, and a city employee, Terry Danner, 58, surrendered last Tuesday, May 1, to face the felony voter fraud and conspiracy charges. They are charged with illegally taking absentee ballots from voters and that in one instance Campbell allegedly filled out a woman’s incomplete ballot.
The alleged incidents reportedly took place from March through May 2011 when Campbell was running for re-election.
Under state law, absentee ballots not mailed in can only be handled by election board workers.
Campbell is a Democrat first elected mayor of Austin in 2007. He previously served as mayor of Salem.