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'Free alcohol for votes' billboards causing a buzz in Tuscaloosa

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One of the billboards causing a stir. Source: WBRC video One of the billboards causing a stir. Source: WBRC video
The billboards are up along the Hugh Thomas Bridge. Source: WBRC The billboards are up along the Hugh Thomas Bridge. Source: WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Some billboards are causing a buzz in Tuscaloosa after the controversy surrounding the Tuscaloosa City School Board elections.

The billboards are posted along the Hugh Thomas Bridge. One reads, "Free alcohol for votes? You decide" with an "I voted" sticker next to the words. Another simply says "I voted" next to what appears to be an alcoholic drink.

The billboards are paid for by a local business man, Stan Pate, and refer to the voting fraud allegations. Candidate Kelly Horwitz claims that some votes were "bought" with drinks, which violates Alabama law. Her opponent, Cason Kirby, wont by just over 80 votes. Now, Horwitz is contesting the election.

Pate tells FOX6 News that the main reason he put up these billboards is to protect the election process and says if the voter fraud allegations are true then someone needs to pay the price.

"I really, really feel strongly about the actions of certain people to use the students as a tool in this election process," he said. "And we've got to protect fair and honest elections."

Pate also says he's thinking about putting up more billboards.

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