ANDERSON – The Indiana State Police are being asked to investigate allegations of voting irregularities brought against the wife and two daughters of Anderson City Councilman Ollie H. Dixon.
The Madison County Election Board in December asked Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings to investigate the allegations brought in May by then Madison County Sheriff's Department Maj. Brian Bell.
Bell lost the Democratic Party nomination for sheriff to Scott Mellinger.
“Since the Election Board has requested our office to take action and there is sufficient evidence to support the request, I am requesting the assistance of the State Police to conduct the investigation,” Cummings wrote.
Dixon said Wednesday he has no problem with the investigation.
“They haven’t done anything wrong,” he said of his family. “In my opinion, this is political oppression. This is discrimination aimed at me and my family.”
Dixon said his family can register and vote anywhere in the United States as long as they only vote in one place.
Dixon continues to allege the circumstances surrounding his family members are similar to Indiana’s elected officials who reside in the Washington, D.C., area but continue to vote in the Hoosier state.
“This makes no sense to me, going after my family on nonsense charges,” he said.
The Election Board sent three letters to Cummings, including documents in support of the allegations of the election laws by Dorothy Dixon, Dixon’s wife, and his two daughters, Tamie Dixon-Tatum and Delisha Dixon.
Concerning the allegations against Dixon-Tatum, the Election Board believes she didn’t reside at Dixon’s address at 1005 Atwood Drive, the location from which she cast an absentee ballot in both 2014 elections.
Property tax records obtained from the Madison County treasurer’s office show that Dixon-Tatum had a homestead deduction for property at 879 Westgate Drive.
“If Ms Dixon-Tatum is lawfully claiming her homestead standard deduction, she necessarily is violating Indiana Election residency requirements when she voted in a precinct she does not reside in,” the Election Board letter states.
The Election Board uses a similar statement in a finding that Dorothy Dixon claimed a homestead deduction for property in Indianapolis.
The Election Board believes Delisha Dixon is a resident of Atlanta, Ga., based on her Facebook page, which indicates she is employed as a nurse at Emory University Hospital. She posted on April 21 that she was excited to start her new job.
During the Election Board hearings, Ollie Dixon maintained his daughter was a student in Georgia and eligible to vote in Madison County.
The board alleges Ollie Dixon signed both the 2014 absentee ballot application and the return envelope for his daughter.
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