A trial scheduled for next week in a challenge to the Democratic Party runoff for sheriff of Kemper County has been delayed.
Circuit Judge Albert Smith, III, of Bolivar County, who will hear the case, originally set the trial for Oct. 29. It was delayed after the judge conferred with attorneys.
The trial will likely be held after the Nov. 4 general election.
Sheriff's candidate Johnny Harpole filed suit asking for an investigation into allegations of voter irregularities and other wrongdoing election day.
The Kemper County Democratic Executive Committee certified Sheriff Sam Tisdale as the party nominee after disqualifying all absentee ballots cast in the Aug. 26 runoff.
Tisdale and independent candidates Rusty Calvert, Ronnie Rankins and Glen Williams will be on the general election ballot.
Harpole's attorney, Bill Ready, Jr., says the judge changed the date after reviewing the facts to be presented. Ready says each of the county's ballot boxes had to be examined.