MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The countdown is on in the race for Mayor of Mobile. Two of the candidates held rallies Saturday, August 24, in an effort to drum up support although controversy looms over allegations of possible voter fraud.
Mobile Mayor Sam Jones gathered with supporters in the auditorium of Davidson High School Saturday afternoon.
There was gospel music and some motivating comments.
Earlier in the day he was shaking hands with supporters and volunteers on Dauphin Island Parkway.
With just three days until the polls open Jones said he's pleased with the way the campaign is going.
"I think there's a lot of enthusiasm in various communities. People are really exited about it. That's what you want to do, keep people excited, because you want them to participate in the process," Jones said.
A controversy developed earlier this week when postal inspectors announced what they call suspicious absentee ballots.
Election officials say they were asked about ballots with similar handwriting.
"If they see some reason to look into it, I think they should do that. I don't know a lot about that. I really haven't heard a lot about it. That's their job. I don't have any issue with them looking into it if they find reason to do that," Jones said
We also got reaction from challenger Sandy Stimpson.
"I'm very upset by it as are so many other citizens. Everybody wants a clean race and so when you hear there are allegations that there is fraud going on that's very disturbing, but thank goodness somebody had the courage to step up and try to do something about it," Stimpson said.
A few hundred Stimpson supporters gathering the parking lot for a brief rally outside Ladd Pebbles Stadium.
The real purpose of the rally was to organize a huge Stimpson Wave on 60 street corners throughout Mobile.
Stimpson said his campaign is pioneering the wave concept this election.
"This has never happened before, but we've done a lot of things that's never happened before We've come up with some new ideas to make sure that people hear our message and they understand that it's time to change and we're going to unite our community into one Mobile," Stimpson said.
A third candidate, Doris Brown, will also be on Tuesday's ballot.
The election will also decide three city council races.
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