Benton Harbor reverend turns himself in following election law violation charges
BENTON TOWNSHIP – After being charged with multiple election law violations in connection with petitions to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower, the Rev. Edward Pinkney turned himself in to police Friday morning, April 25, our news partner WNDU reported.
Pinkney, 65, has been charged with five counts of changing dates on petitions from the original date signed by the petitioner, WSBT reported. He has also been charged with six counts of allowing the same person to sign petitions more than once and saying he did not permit that to occur in the circulator's certificate, WNDU reported.
Election fraud, a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison, WNDU reported.
This is not the first time Pinkney has faced this type of legal trouble. In 2008, he was arrested and convicted on election fraud charges, WSBT reported.
James Cornelius, 59, was also charged with one count of letting someone sign a petition more than once and allowing signatures to be made without his presence, WNDU reported.
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