Tisdale Concedes Runoff

The recount of absentee ballots cast in the August 28 runoff election for sheriff in Kemper County began at 9 a.m. Thursday and took about three hours to complete. In the end, the outcome was the same, even though the numbers weren't.

Previously, election officials had said that 73 absentee ballots had been rejected for not meeting election requirements. However, as part of Thursday's examination, only 51 rejected absentee ballots were identified.

Also on Thursday, three ballots which election officials said were initially put in the wrong location by poll workers were discovered and deemed valid. Because of this, they were able to be counted into the final vote.

With those ballots included, incumbent sheriff, Sam Tisdale, gained three additional votes. In the end, the final count shows that Tisdale was defeated by 89 votes.

"I'm not satisfied with what went on but I found out why," said Tisdale. "Why were some absentee ballots rejected? Some because they weren't signed across the flap. Some because they weren't signed on the application but this should've been done. They should've been told this."

"Well, with as many people as we use in the system, it's not fault-proof but I feel comfortable that there was a fair election," said Ed nave of the Kemper County Democratic Party.

Following the count, Tisdale congratulated the newly elected Democratic nominee for sheriff, James Moore.

"I'm very glad to move forward and I'm very glad that we were able to shake hands and go from here," said Moore.

"I'm going to serve my time on out and find me something else to do," said Tisdale. "I'm through with it."

Meanwhile, Moore will face independent candidate Vincent Coleman in the general election in November.


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  • by Concerned City Worker Location: Scooba on Sep 18, 2007 at 10:14 AM
    There have been so many conflicts with this election. I makes you not want to go to the polls. There are already so many people who already don't vote, this is only a hinder to the already falling voting precedures.
  • by unknown Location: kemper on Sep 16, 2007 at 08:41 PM
    James Moore,you have to go up against vincent,so don't speak to fast.
  • by Anonymous Location: kemper on Sep 16, 2007 at 01:53 PM
    I have only one question for Louis,Kemper and James Moore supporter must have been one of the people that Sam have lock up. You were the only two that posted something negative about Sam.
  • by James Moore supporter Location: DeKalb on Sep 15, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    Who's to say anyone is perfect? If anyone was perfect, then a lot would be solved. Sam ran his term as Sheriff. Kemper County has spoken. People voted. Residents voted. Citizens voted. Enough said. James Moore is the new SHERIFF!!
  • by PERFECTION Location: Kemper County on Sep 14, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    When you find perfection let me know. I would love to be there! It may not have been the best of situations at the sherriff office all the time, during Sam Tisdale terms but he handled his job at the best of his ability. We will use God's situation with his fallen angel (Satan). As far as God possibly knew and what we would assume is, It was perfection in the Heavens ,peace and no pain but one of God's own currupted the earth and brought havoc to the heavens. Bush, Lincoln,Clinton, Regan so forth and so on, were in leadership and planned to run their terms with no problems yet and still problems and imperfections came. All I do know is that It will never be a perfect sheriff office, It will never be a perfect hospital, It will never be a perfect world and It will never be perfect people, not on this earth. I just want to thank Sam Tisdale for standing strong, with the burdens of this community on his shoulders. I admire you Sam Tisdale and may God Bless him Allways!
  • by JOE Location: Dekalb on Sep 14, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    It was time for Kemper County to wake up and see that there was a problem with the leadership at the Sheriff's Office. Sam is a nice person but not suited to be a sheriff! Too many people have suffered as a result of poor management in the sheriff's office! Leaders in leadership positions must except responsiblity for their actions and provide resources such as training for deputies & hire professional personnel to assist them with their duties with the public trust behind them to accomplish their job! Once the public trust is gone, the people's confidence in their ability to perform their duties is gone! Kemper County deserves a candidate that can be professional, firm but fair as a Sheriff! A Sheriff that will do his job & gain support of his people for which he serves by keeping the peace and perserving the public's trust in professional law enforcement. When you accomplish that task, You will have earned the title of being called the " High Sheriff!"
  • by Time for change Location: Kemper Co. on Sep 14, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    True enough Sam Tisdale time is up as sheriff in Kemper County. He is a strong man and has seen way worse then this election situation in his life. When Jesus was hung on the cross alot of people thought they had defeated him not knowing a higher power was in control and in closing Jesus stood victorious. Sam Tisdale is a awesome man. People can try to take his possessions and take his name but they will never take is faith or shatter his dreams and those dreams are to be a father and husband. No-one is perfect as jesus said cast a stone if you are perfect but see you can't. The hateful words that come out of your mouth about one person may be the same words that come back and cause major destruction in your own lives. Let's live together and get along in peace here in Kemper county. We all go threw hard times and the hand of a caring person is better then the strife of terror in this world. Wishing all you readers Happiness and Peace in your life. We as friends and family love you SAM
  • by Timeserved Location: Dekalb on Sep 13, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    It is OVER, let this thing go. Why are Kemper County having to still feel the effect of this when only his click keep going at it. His friends should get a new life also. They are running up to the court house like they are his Wife. Let GO please!!!!.
  • by Louis Location: Kemper on Sep 13, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    Well, I'm glad to see that Tisdale can finally accept defeat. Hopefully Our new Sheriff can fix all that Tisdale has left in ruins.
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