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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  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 31, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    How could this possibly be?? We don't have voter fraud in North Carolina. Yeah, right.....
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 03:24 PM
    Sound like Washington County to me. ID to VOTE would solve a lot of problems!!!!
  • by Dawg on Jul 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    If federal law say you can regestar in 2 places, who is checking to make sure you don't vote in the same election in both places? Something is very wrong with this "law".
  • by *** Location: Jacksonville on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    There is nothing that says a federal employee can be registered to vote in two places. Jerome is flat out lying.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    Just your everyday obama voter.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    He was set up by his opponents.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 05:00 AM
    OK. When is he going to say this is being done because of his race?
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      by long time Jacksonville observer on Jul 30, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to
      It won't be long now. The uneducated black folks that vote for him do not realize what they are doing to themselves. His likeable brother (Tyrone) does not have the same problems he has.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    a politican that is crooked, you are kidding, I have never heard of such a thing. (heavy sarcasm)
  • by Truth Location: Away from Jerome on Jul 29, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    Jerome is and always has been a "they're out to get me type of person". He thrives off of attention, even when it's negative. The previous poster (Scott) is right on both counts. There are people who cannot stand Jerome because they've either been dealt a short hand by him when he was practicing law or they know of someone who had been. This group of people will expose whatever they can find on him. He's not pristine as he paints himself and it's those tarnished ways of his that is catching up with him. People cannot expose that which does not exist. Jerome is a country boy who lived in DC & Maryland while attending and after attending college. While in DC/MD, he tried to pick of city slickster ways. Jerome is a liar. He is an educated liar who has learned to make the lie sound like the truth. Problem is, there are so many people who are blinded by other things that they are unable to see him for the smooth talker he is. If you listen to him defend himself on anything long enough, he will either have you wondering why you've ever doubted him or you will become sympathetic upon realizing he actually believes the lies he's trying to feed you. He's a likeable person as long as trusting him is not a necessity. He likely would have turned out to be a decent human being if he had not made a career out of getting over. He's hurt a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Unfortunately, I'm among the list of those people. He's only reaping what he's sown over the years. If everyone he's trespassed against got together and told the same group of his worshippers the things he's done to them, people would be shocked. No single person knows everything. Jerome is being dealt with by God. It's His vengeance towards him for all the people, including myself, who left it up to God to deal with N. Jerome Willingham.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jul 29, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    If he is not getting into trouble, he's causing problems.
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