Jacksonville Councilman Investigated For Possible Voter Fraud

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A longtime Jacksonville city councilman who has made headlines before is back in the spotlight again. Jerome Willingham was in and out of jail for a child support issue. He's filed a lawsuit against Jacksonville police in the 1990s, claiming racial discrimination which was settled. The 10-year councilman is now accused of possible voter fraud.

The Attorney General's office says Jerome Willingham is being investigated to see if he illegally registered to vote in two places- in Jacksonville where he is a city councilman and in Maryland where Willingham says he works for Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

With councilman Willingham under the microscope, we asked the people he represents if they have issue with this latest accusation.

"He's on the usher board, and he ushers when he's here. So he actively participates in our community here," said Maryland Hubbard who lives in Willingham's Ward I.

Willingham tells WITN "I've never voted in Maryland."
When it comes to registration he says, "When you move, it's what you're supposed to do."

Willingham claims because he is a federal employee, he can register in more than one location. He also says he will spend this weekend where he considers home, Jacksonville.

Willingham has not been charged with a crime. Federal law says you can register in two places if you have a residence where you register. You just can not vote twice in the same election.

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