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Bessemer, Ala: mayor fires city clerk over absentee ballots

The Birmingham News reports: Bessemer's city clerk, who is the city's election official, said today he was fired by Bessemer Mayor Ed May Monday night -- the night before today's election -- because he refused to go to a site outside of city hall to pick up some absentee ballots.

City Clerk Travis Brooks said May told him Monday to go with a police officer to pick up some absentee ballots at an off-site location, but he refused because voters are required to mail absentee ballots or hand-deliver them to city hall. Thursday was the deadline for absentee ballots to be submitted.

When Brooks refused to go off-site, the mayor fired him about 5:30 p.m., forced him to turn over his keys to the mayor and had a police officer escort him out of Bessemer city hall, Brooks said. The absentee ballots for today's election were locked in the city clerk's office, and Brooks said the mayor, who is a candidate in today's election, had the key to the office.

May, when asked this morning whether he had fired Brooks, said that was not true and that Brooks is still employed with the city. -- Read the whole article --> Bessemer city clerk claims he was fired by Mayor Ed May the night before the election | al.com

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