Election Dispute Heard

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Kemper County's Democratic Executive Committee heard from two candidates in a disputed sheriff's race on Monday.

Plaintiff Johnny Harpole, a candidate who lost the Democratic nomination by 45 votes to incumbent Sheriff Sam Tisdale, alleged wrongdoing swayed the election in Tisdale's favor.

Harpole claimed that convicted felons were allowed to vote and that inmates were transported by deputies to the polls to cast ballots. The committee declined to hear those issues, citing its lack of jurisdiction.

Another key claim made by Harpole was that the names of some deceased voters appeared on voter sign-in sheets, indicating that others might have voted illegally.

Both sides were allowed two hours each to present evidence and arguments. However, the committee did not immediately announce a decision. It intends to meet again Thursday and announce its conclusion at that time.