The 2nd Judicial District prosecuting attorney asked Arkansas State Police late Wednesday afternoon to investigate potential voter fraud in the Shady Grove township in Greene County.

In a letter to Capt. Mark Hollingworth, commander for the criminal investigations division of the Arkansas State Police, Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington wrote, “It does not strike me as a coincidence that the wet/dry vote for the township was being considered during the same time the township’s population increased by 45 percent.”

The Sun reported Tuesday that a number of suspicious voter registrations had been filed in the past 60 days with the Greene County clerk. Most of the registrations in question involved voters switching their registration from Lawrence County to Greene County.

Problems were discovered when The Sun began investigating the listed residential addresses that didn’t exist. Ellington noted as much in his request for an investigation.

“I have received several reports that several used camper trailers are being used. … These trailers appear not to be habitable due to lack of basic utilities, such as water, electricity, and/or gas connections,” Ellington wrote.

On Wednesday, new attempts were made by The Sun to contact the voters in question. None of them could be contacted during a visit to the Old Country Store, off U.S. 63, where several had told the Greene County clerk they live. As on Monday, the trailers all still appeared empty and with padlocks on the doors.

James “Bobby” Macom, who is a co-owner of the store, used to live in Walnut Ridge, according to records on file with the Lawrence County Clerk’s Office. The single family home appeared to still be in use, with tools on the front porch and no signs the property was for sale. No one answered the door when a Sun reporter attempted to make contact. Macom has since told the Greene County Clerk that he lives at 16063 U.S. 63. The Greene County Sheriff’s Office does not have a 911 listing for that mailing address, which is needed to assist emergency responders, and the mailbox bearing that number is connected to the same one used by the Old County Store.

Attempts to reach Macom for comment were unsuccessful.

Danny J. Hibbard also recently switched his voter registration to Greene County. Hibbard told the Greene County clerk, via his voter registration, that he lives at 1262 Greene Road 341. The mailbox for that mailing address sits on a barren parcel of land where someone has parked four old trailers. No one was around when The Sun visited the site again Wednesday.

Hibbard’s former address in Walnut Ridge still has his name on a sign in his front drive. No one answered the door when a Sun reporter attempted to contact Hibbard on Wednesday, but a dog was barking inside the home. Again, there were no indications the home has either been abandoned or is being actively marketed for sale.

A phone number listed for Hibbard was disconnected.

According to the Lawrence County Clerk’s Office, Don Nicholas and his wife, Lavan Nicholas, switched their voter registration back to Lawrence County on Wednesday.

Ellington didn’t mince his words when speaking about the case.

“When the integrity of the ballot box is questioned, our democracy is questioned,” Ellington said. “I take allegations of voter fraud seriously, and my record indicates I haven’t shied away from it in the past and won’t in this instance.”

On Tuesday, The Sun published the names of all of the suspicious registrations from Greene County. As of press time, none of those individuals listed had contacted The Sun.

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