Waverly mayor charged with election fraud in court

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Waverly Mayor Walter J. Mason was in court Wednesday morning where he faced twelve indictments dealing with election fraud.

Those charges are related to absentee ballot applications that were filled out by voters.

Waverly mayor indicted on 12 counts of felony election fraud

WRIC learned in court that Mayor Mason helped voters fill out their application and helped them vote — all of which his defense attorney Joe Morrissey claims is not illegal.

“Everybody that applied for an application to vote absentee ballot wanted to vote for Walter, they did vote for him,” said Morrissey

The commonwealth attorney in the case referenced possible inaccuracies on applications that were filled out by Mason. The commonwealth attorney also alleges the absentee ballots themselves may have been mishandled once the voter gave them to Mason to mail.

Mason says he is looking forward to clearing his name at the trial.

“I’m just looking forward to the trial and getting all of this stuff behind me. Everyone that voted for me have always been my supporters so I am just looking forward to just moving on and doing the work of the town,” said Mason.

A trial date has been set for August 18 at 9 a.m.