Kemper Vote Could Be Challenged

There could soon be a challenge in a controversial sheriff's race in Kemper County. That's because Sheriff Sam Tisdale said he is considering contesting the results from last week's runoff election, where he lost a bid for the Democratic nomination by 92 votes to political newcomer, James Moore.

"It's so many people out there who have questions about the voting," said Tisdale on Tuesday. "And so, that's the only way we can look at them, because we have well over 200 absentee ballots that were thrown out.
For me and for the other man, because many people they want their votes counted."

Tisdale has 12 days after certification of the votes, which took place this past Saturday, to file the challenge.

He is not the only one with concerns about the voting process. Members of the board of supervisors say many constituents have expressed concerns about the new electronic voting system, saying that they want to go back to the old one.

"We had some machines that didn't start until 15 until 9:00," said supervisor Mike Luke. "So, they had to vote on emergency ballots and we just want to see if we can't go back and simplify this and go back to the scanner."

"They're scared of those machines. They're not use to them," said supervisor Johnny Whitsett.

Some election officials have concerns. According to circuit clerk, Roma Allen, in some cases the new system has tripled the workload.

"We never stayed here until midnight. We were always out by 10 or 10:30," Allen said. "We left on the 7th at 3:35 on Wednesday morning. We left at 1:30 on the 28th. There is so much more work involved."

Because of mounting concerns about this, Kemper County supervisors have asked the board's attorney to check with the state and the Justice Department and see if the county can go back to using the old voting system.

The attorney is expected to have more information on this issue available when the board meets again for a budget hearing next Wednesday.


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  • by Anonymous Location: DeKalb, MS on Sep 18, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    Now let me get this straight -- our Supervisors have decided to go back to using the old election system -- that is, to go back to using the old PAPER ballot system. However, the current election mess was created by PAPER ballots (absentee/affidavit ballots)!! So why would we ever return to a paper ballot system?? DUH!! And the problem with the new voting system is that it creates too much work for the election officials!!! Cry me a river, Roma!! Heaven forbid that our elected officials actually have to do some work!!! And heaven forbid that they might actually have to get out there and educate the folks on how to use the new system!!! Why is there never any consideration given as to what system is the easiest and most secure for the voters!!! If you look at it, the answer to that question is the new touchscreen voting system!! Leave it to our county officials to make the wrong decisions for all the wrong reasons!! We need to kick some more folks out of office!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: DeKalb, Ms on Sep 8, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    I think that Sam needs to grow up and go on with his life. He didnt do his job the whole time he was in office!! Kemper County is so far behind in Law Enforcement it isnt even funny and its all his fault! I just think of how great it would be if Mike McKee was still alive. Alot of stuff that should of been done would of been done along time ago!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Kemper County on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    Seems the only time people of Kemper County have a problem with the voting is when things dont turn out the way some think they should. I've not heard one word about the tax assessor or Chancery court cleck election being wrong, not one word. Mind you I'm not saying they were wrong. But, why is only Sam election in question if something is wrong. People of Kemper County wanted a change in all 3 races, they have spoken.
  • by black men for justice Location: kemper on Sep 7, 2007 at 09:50 AM
    yes kemper need to catch up to the rest of the world but catching up to the rest of the world doesn't mean giving up your right to vote. some people are just simple minded people that just don't care about their sister and brothering of kemper county. because with all the votes that thrown out sam should not have to contest the election the people of kemper should have wanted to see what was wrong. but alot of hatered and spite for sam to be out of office has alot of you people blind so we can talk about how we are saved and christin people so let's walk the walk and not downed each other let's try to help each other to come together as to make kemper a better place to live. i'm calling on all mister educators,business men an women,lawenforcement, parents, an kids to start going in to these communities an meeting with the citizens to see what concerns them.
  • by Michelle Location: De Kalb on Sep 6, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    For those that don't know me, one thing that I do is my job. Why Sam got on National Television and made his comments, I don't know. But to forgive and be forgiven. I go to work and don't bother anybody and I personally don't think is fair to judge me and don't know me. I don't wish anyone out of a job because if they are like me, they need to work. The only other person that know who I voted for is the Good Lord. Half the people say that I didn't vote for Sam, but can you honestly make statements that I didn't. Yes, Sam's behavior has changed over the past few years, but he knows himself that I don't have any harsh feelings toward him. Everything that he has done to me, I turned it all over to the Lord. You all say that you are Christian people, goes to church on Sunday's and praise the Lord. Why not practice that outside of Church. It doesn't make any difference to me whose Sheriff. Everything has a season, and this season is not Sam's.
  • by Another concerned citizen Location: Kemper Co on Sep 5, 2007 at 04:30 PM
    Sam Tisdale needs to remember back 4 years ago when the sheriff's race was contested and after he won he made the comment to the nature of "the people of kemper county have spoken" well ONCE again the people of kemper county have spoken and since it did not go his way and him being sore loser he wants to contest it. Its clearly time for a change for more aggressive law enforecment in kemper county and for a sheriff when interviewed on tv can speak proper english.
  • by Concerned Location: Kemper Co.Resident/Voter on Sep 5, 2007 at 02:27 PM
    What is so hard about voting on the machines? Very simple, a child could do it.Kemper County needs to speed up with rest of the world, instead of staying behind. Sam should go on with life, people of Kemper County have spoken. Sam has'nt done his job, now he should give someone else the chance to do what he did'nt do. I am a voter in Kemper County and glad Sam was beat. He should start thinking about his next line of work. He's a joke as sheriff.
  • by A CITIZEN OF KEMPER COUNTY Location: PRESTON on Sep 5, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    I THINK THAT IS DOWNRIGHT DISGRACEFULL AND JUST PLAIN IGNORANT THE WAY THAT SAM IS BEHAVING. HE LOST AND THAT SHOULD BE THAT. IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT HE IS A SORE LOSER AND IS TRYING TO MAKE THINGS WAY MORE DIFFICULT THAN THEY HAVE TO BE. HE HAD THE NERVE TO FIRE 4 EMPLOYEEES AFTER HE LOST AND THEN REINSTATE THEM ON A WHIM, SO THIS TELLS ME THAT EITHER HE LIED ABOUT THEM SUPPOSSEDLY NOT DOIING THEIR JOBS OR HE WAS JUST MAD AND NEEDED SOMEONE TO TAKE IT OUT ON. AND THEN AGAIN IT REALLY IS KIND OF FUNNY THAT HE WOULD SAY THAT THEY WERE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS, WHEN FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS HE HAS NOT DONE ANYTHING BUT DRAW A FREE SALARY. SO MY ADVICE TO SAM IS SIMPLY THIS YOU RODE THE GRAVY TRAIN AND NOW IT'S OVER. WHO KNOWS MAYBE THE NEW SHERIFF MIGHT LET SWEEP A FLOOR OR GET HIS COFFEE, IF YOU'RE A GOOD BOY AND KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN.
  • by Concerned Location: De Kalb on Sep 5, 2007 at 06:29 AM
    I think by the reaction that he displayed after the last recount, the decision should stand. Why would we want someone out of control like leading our county. If he acted in a mature manner, then yes I would say, recount. But sometimes your reactions speaks for you whether it is right or wrong.
  • by Mark Location: South Mississippi on Sep 4, 2007 at 09:43 PM
    I am a former Kemper Countian. Remember 4 years ago, when Johnny Harpole contested, and pretty much the same thing happened with Sam the victor? Get over it Sammy.
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