Candidate Challenges Results

Gerald Hudson says he has filed papers with the Lauderdale County Democratic Party to contest results of the August 7 primary election for the District 4 supervisor's race.

After some holdups in completing the count, the final results showed incumbent Joe Norwood defeating Hudson by 19 votes.

However, with what he has been told, Hudson says this outcome creates some concerns.

"Poll workers who have shared information with me about what they felt, what irregularities, abnormalities, concerning the way some poll workers worked with votes," said Hudson. "I heard concerns raised about boxes that were not sealed when they were brought forth from the precinct. One poll worker told me that when he left at 2:30 that morning, that the differential was two votes and when he returned at 7:30 that morning it was 16 or something like that."

"I received phone calls on election day saying that there were irregularities that were not in my favor," said Norwood. "I lost by 11 votes eight years ago and the people have spoken and as far as I'm concerned the election is over."

Although Hudson has already filed to contest the race, officials with the Lauderdale County Democratic Party say they will have to wait to launch a full investigation into the matter at least another week.

"As you know we have runoffs on Tuesday of next week," said party chairperson Melba Clark. "So, we just don't have time right now to give this matter the serious consideration which it deserves. So, we're going to wait until after the primary runoff on the (Aug.) 28th."

While Clark says she does not know how long this investigation will take, she says what she does know is that it will be thorough. As part of this she says on the nine boxes or other votes cast within district 4 will be examined. She says if irregularities are found the party can then order a new election and either of the candidates may challenge this procedure on a state level through the Mississippi Democratic Party.

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