Former New Albany mayoral candidate Paul Etheridge was arrested Thursday and charged with three felony counts of voter fraud . . .
Arrested on the same charges for the alleged incidents — which all involved the handling and casting of absentee ballots — was Joshua A. Clemons, of Floyd County.
The charges the two are facing — which are all class D felonies each carrying six months to three years of jail time — are solicitation for a fraudulent absentee ballot, forgery of official ballot endorsement and fraudulent delivery of a ballot.
“Investigation began several months ago after my office was informed by the Floyd County Clerk and the Floyd County Election Commission that they believed there was some voting improprieties,” Henderson said . . .
Among the violations, the indictments suggest Clemons and Etheridge requested a person vote by absentee knowing they were ineligible due to their age or residency, marked absentee ballots for voters and removed absentee ballots from a person’s home and delivered them or placed them in the mail. Henderson wouldn’t confirm the exact details of the alleged violations, but the incidents involve four voters. He described the charges as extremely serious.