District 82 Results Challenged

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

With the primary election runoff just a few days away, there has been a challenge to the results of an election. John Harris filed a request last week to inspect the election results from the Republican primary between himself and Bobby Smith.

Shortly after 8:30, John Harris and Bobby Smith, each of whom had one witness, Sally Brown, the head of the local Republican party and circuit clerk Donna Jill Johnson entered the vault of the courthouse. The reason was because Harris had asked to take a closer look at the results of the August 7th Republican primary in which Smith won the Republican nomination for District 82 Representative.

"We're looking for discrepancies, inaccuracies, and everything," Harris said. "Right now we're having a problem with a lot of things because we don't have the accurate numbers. The seals were contaminated -- we don't have the seal numbers for the boxes. There's a lot of information that we cannot differentiate from the absentee ballots and the affidavit ballots. Everything is just crammed into boxes. We need answers to the questions."

Harris says he is just making sure the democratic process has been done properly after receiving some written statements from supporters saying that there were some irregularities. Smith says he doesn't have a clue what Harris is looking for.

"I don't know what I'm going through right now," Smith said. "A little discontent. I beat the man by 130-something votes. I don't have a clue what he's looking for. If I knew what he was looking for and wanting. I could determine what to say, but I really don't know what he wants."

Harris said he planned to inspect everything, regardless of how long it took.

"We will be here until we find an answer that we have and to go through all of the boxes and all of the absentee ballots and affidavits. We've got to know about them. We need answers to questions."

According to Johnson, Smith left around noon, while Harris stayed until 7:00 p.m.


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