SNELLVILLE -- Claims of forgery rocked the Snellville mayoral election a day before city residents go to the poll.
On Monday, mayoral candidate Kelly Kautz filed a police report and contacted the Georgia Secretary of State's office over allegations that emails had been forged and then published by a local blogger.
She is seeking that Marcy Pharris, who was recognized as the city's Volunteer of the Year earlier this year, be removed as assistant poll manager in today's election for distributing the emails.
"It needs to be properly investigated," Kautz, an attorney, said of the allegations, which Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead confirmed were turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The situation dates back a few weeks, when Kautz received a call from a woman claiming to be working with the Gwinnett Daily Post.
After an interview, the woman, Katie Norris, wrote in an email that she mislead Kautz and was working with Strategic Vision CEO David Johnson on a blog for wearepolitics.com.
A message left at Strategic Vision was not returned.
While Kautz did reply to Norris asking her to correct information that was misquoted, Kautz claims that the emails forward to another blogger were fabricated.
Darla Dixon, who posted portions of the emails at snellvilletoday,com, said Strategic Vision forwarded the emails to her. She posted an update on her blog Monday saying Kautz claims the emails were falsified.
Kautz, who faces former Councilwoman Barbara Bender in Tuesday's election, said Pharris was pulled over by Snellville police Sunday evening distributing paper copies of the emails to local homes.
A message left at Pharris's home number was not returned, and Secretary of State spokesman Matt Carouthers said information about an election monitor was not available.
Kautz said she designated her own poll watcher last month.