The recount of absentee ballots cast in the August 28 runoff election for sheriff in Kemper County began at 9 a.m. Thursday and took about three hours to complete. In the end, the outcome was the same, even though the numbers weren't.
Previously, election officials had said that 73 absentee ballots had been rejected for not meeting election requirements. However, as part of Thursday's examination, only 51 rejected absentee ballots were identified.
Also on Thursday, three ballots which election officials said were initially put in the wrong location by poll workers were discovered and deemed valid. Because of this, they were able to be counted into the final vote.
With those ballots included, incumbent sheriff, Sam Tisdale, gained three additional votes. In the end, the final count shows that Tisdale was defeated by 89 votes.
"I'm not satisfied with what went on but I found out why," said Tisdale. "Why were some absentee ballots rejected? Some because they weren't signed across the flap. Some because they weren't signed on the application but this should've been done. They should've been told this."
"Well, with as many people as we use in the system, it's not fault-proof but I feel comfortable that there was a fair election," said Ed nave of the Kemper County Democratic Party.
Following the count, Tisdale congratulated the newly elected Democratic nominee for sheriff, James Moore.
"I'm very glad to move forward and I'm very glad that we were able to shake hands and go from here," said Moore.
"I'm going to serve my time on out and find me something else to do," said Tisdale. "I'm through with it."
Meanwhile, Moore will face independent candidate Vincent Coleman in the general election in November.