A judge appointed to hear a complaint surrounding the Kemper County sheriff's race has dismissed the lawsuit filed by a defeated candidate.
Circuit Judge Albert Smith found no merit in claims made by candidate Johnny Harpole that there were voter irregularities. Harpole had, among other things, alleged that convicted felons were allowed to vote and ballots had been cast in the names of deceased persons. The court found no evidence of this.
Harpole lost the race to incumbent Sheriff Sam Tisdale by approximately 159 votes.
Smith certified the results, determined by the democratic executive committee and the circuit clerk's office, as official and final.
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