Is Transgendered Candidate a Fraud?

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) _ Two unsuccessful city council candidates in Riverdale are claiming that a fellow candidate committed fraud because she ran as a woman.

The candidates are alleging that incumbent Michelle Bruce, who identifies herself as transgendered, misled voters by identifying herself as a female before the November 6 election.

The lawsuit filed by Georgia Fuller and Stanley Harris, who lost bids for council seats, identifies her as "Michael Bruce'' and asks a judge to declare the election invalid and order another one.

The lawsuit was filed last week in Clayton County Superior Court.

Bruce says her voter registration, notice of candidacy and driver's license all identify her as a white female. She says she was born transgendered but declined to say if she had surgery, adding "The people don't care about it.''

The lawsuit also claims the city clerk tampered with voting machines and counted 115 paper ballots before the election.

Riverdale City Attorney Deana Johnson says the runoff election will go on as planned, adding "There were no problems with the election.''

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