Chattooga County woman accused of submitting ballot for dead husband

When former President Donald Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger he thought there were 5,000 votes cast in the name of dead people, Raffensperger told him the correct number was two. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

A woman from Trion, Georgia, is being investigated for allegedly submitting a ballot for her deceased husband in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Donald Ennis Cook Jr. died on Aug. 2, 2020, at the age of 49 at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Georgia. Weeks earlier, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Georgia secretary of state's newly adopted policy to send ballots earlier than usual, a ballot was sent to Cook and his wife, Sherry, at their home.

Sheena Weaver, the chief registrar in Chattooga County, said her office was sent a notice about three weeks after Cook's death that he had died and that he would no longer be eligible to vote.

However, a ballot was dropped off with his name on Election Day, officials say.

"There was no way that it was going to count because we already knew it wouldn't and because of the systems in place," Weaver said.