The 9News Investigators obtained surveillance footage of the Gloster Town Hall. It’s dated April 26 at 10:31 a.m. The video shows Mayor Johnson standing next to a woman trying to fill out some paperwork. It looks like the woman asked the town clerk for some information and then the mayor is seen taking the pen and filling out the paperwork. The town clerk then gives the woman what appears to be a ballot. Once again, the mayor takes over. After the mayor finishes, he seals the envelope.
Also seen on that surveillance is Gloster’s Asst. Police Chief David Houston, who left as the mayor can reportedly be seen filling out paperwork.
Mississippi law states a candidate, such as Mayor Johnson, cannot help people vote or be present when the person is voting.
Then around 11:08 a.m., still on April 26, the mayor is seen on video escorting another woman into town hall. She too is given a form with the mayor standing right beside her.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw when he brought this lady in,” said Gloster alderwoman, Fannie Tobias.
“I was sick to my stomach because I didn’t realize how blatant… I couldn’t even comprehend that people could do this with a camera rolling,” said Gloster’s mayor pro tem and alderwoman, Betty Ravencraft.