Residents Head to the Polls in Gadsden County

Residents Head to the Polls in Gadsden County
Posted at 3:35 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 14:44:47-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Voters are heading to the polls today in Gadsden County to decide several key races, one of which involves a Quincy City Commissioner under investigation by a group of citizens for allegedly violating privacy laws while campaigning.

Supporters of different candidates have been out all day, with signs and shirts. And there's one race in particular that's gotten a lot of attention lately: Quincy city commission district five.

City Commissioner Daniel McMillan has been accused of seeking private information from an apartment complex regarding voter registration.

We've reached out to the commissioner, but he has no comment. We tried talking to people holding signs supporting him but they declined to talk.

Meanwhile, others say these allegations are harmful to voters.

Roscoe Newton, a Quincy resident said, "It's appalling, because it's a form of voter suppression and intimidation to go into an office instead of going into the community, meeting with the constituents; you're going to the office to ask for leases. What do you expect to get out of that?"

The Gadsden County Supervisor of Elections' office says this is the first time since 2011 that the district five commission seat in Quincy has been contested.

As for the investigation, the "Citizens Review Board" says it's still gathering information from residents and wants to talk to McMillan about this situation.

We spoke with the lead investigator of the "Citizens Review Board". He told us they're still interviewing residents and they want to talk to Daniel McMillan.

To be clear, law enforcement is not involved in this investigation but the citizens review board says it will hand over its findings.

One resident says this incident doesn't sit well with him and other voters.

McMillian is up against Donny Young for the commission seat.