Canton vote counting leads to altercation, arrest

Witnesses told Madison County deputies that 41-year-old Kimberly Readus was involved in an altercation with an elderly woman.
Witnesses told Madison County deputies that 41-year-old Kimberly Readus was involved in an altercation with an elderly woman.
Readus was placed in handcuffs and jailed after officers asked her to stop yelling, and she refused. (Source: Bystander at courthouse)
Readus was placed in handcuffs and jailed after officers asked her to stop yelling, and she refused. (Source: Bystander at courthouse)

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A member of the Canton Democratic Municipal Executive Committee was arrested late Tuesday night in the Madison County courthouse when a disagreement about vote counting led to an altercation.

Witnesses told Madison County deputies that 41-year-old Kimberly Readus was involved in an altercation with an elderly woman, when Readus and other committee members attempted to leave the courthouse with unsealed ballot boxes.

Bystanders added that Readus and the other committee members were attempting to leave the courthouse before completing the vote count.

Readus reportedly called the woman a "baboon's ass" during the altercation. She was subsequently charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and providing false information to law enforcement.

Readus' bond has been set at $2,250.

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