Sheriff Challenger Raises Concerns About Early Voting

Voters in one county have returned to the polls for a special re-do election and one candidate says there appears to be some irregularities.

The state ordered Washington County to hold a new election for sheriff, after a close and contested finish to November's election.

Just days into early voting, Republican challenger Greg Hassell says one of the poll observers came up with a different number of votes cast than the official computerized tally.

Hassell says, "Our poll observer says eight voters came and voted. When we checked the machine count when the polls ended, there were 13. So there's a difference of five voters there."

November's election was decided by fewer than five votes.

Democratic Sheriff James Ross says he's confident the outcome will be accurate. "I know our people are doing a good job at the polling places. It's going to be great."

State election workers are overseeing the election and have been in and out of the Plymouth office since early voting began. They say they've had no complaints about voter totals, and that the election is going as planned.

Early voting runs through the 21st. Election day is Tuesday, May 24th.


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  • by Scott on May 24, 2011 at 12:42 AM
    I sure hope that Greg Hassell do not get elected today. And I hope that the Next Election we will have some better choices to choose from. So with this I am saying to "Smiley" I hope that you win today but don't get to happy because next time you will be voted out. You see we need someone that will get out and Blend with the people of this county other words talk with them. You are the lesser of the 2 Evils this is why I have Voted for you. Greg is not a Trusted person at all and you are just simply to Lazy to do anything wrong.It has to be somebody in this county other than these 2 to run for Sheriff.
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      by Me on May 24, 2011 at 03:15 PM in reply to Scott
      I could not agree more. Greg Hassell is arrogant, childish and untrustworthy. Washington county needs better than what we have but that certainly isn't Hassell.
  • by Wash Co Resident Location: WashCounty on May 23, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    I suspect that J.P. as some people have called Jimmy Peal, would make an excellent Sheriff. I have heard some officers talk about how professional that he is. He appears to be a straight forward officer. What about Beth Floyd for Sheriff? She is a tough female and officers say that they respect her. We need a proactive Sheriff in Wash County, the problem is that if we get one then the voters will vote him out the next four years. Just look at the people who marched saying that the drug dealers who got arrested were innocent, yet do you think that there was NO evidence to charge them? The marchers that day were a sad looking bunch. They wouldn't know what a law was if it was read to them. However, did anyone see positive comments or anyone marching in favor of Law Enforcement? Did the County Commissioners pass out bonuses or certificates for a job well done? No, they didnt. Wash County says it wants Law Enforcement but you need to be careful what you ask for because if it truly comes like it is in other counties then all of a sudden the Sheriff that enforces the law will be the worst we ever had. Whether its Ross, Hassell, J.P., if the law is enforced then the people who's family members deal drugs would not like that Sheriff. No matter who wins, I suspect a change is coming to Wash County and the "law breakers" are not going to like it!I do know this, ever who wins then you are my Sheriff and I want you to do the right thing legally and morally 100% of the time and build the citizens trust. I want the law enforced and the drugs to stop flowing. May the best man win.
  • by concerned Location: Plymouth on May 23, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Why dont you all leave Hardison out of all this? Just because the last Chief Deputy didnt hit a lick at nothing and Hardison actually does the same job all other Chief Deputy Sheriff's in the state does. You all in Washington County are now getting your monies worth and complaining about it!
  • by Scott Location: Washington Co. on May 23, 2011 at 01:19 AM
    I hope that the next election will be better. The problem in Washington Co. is that people seem to forget that Greg Hassell once work for the Drug Task Force in the 80's and was labled as a Corrupted Law Officer the and as the saying goes a Leopard never looses his spots. If Greg becomes Sheriff I bet he will stay home just as much as he do know working for Probation Parole. If you don't believe me just ride by his house and you will see that state car at his resident all day long. Greg is not for Sheriff of Washington Co. he is for himshelf and hold Grudges.
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      by Facts not Fiction Please. on May 23, 2011 at 09:12 AM in reply to Scott
      Get your facts straight. Greg was the Task Force commander in the mid 90's not 80's. He has the reputation of being one of the few honest cops in Washington County and has the awards to prove it.. He was the first officer ever and only officer in Washington County to have been deputized as a federal DEA agent. You might also want to learn his schedule before your make a untruthful post.. He often has to flex his day (works in the morning and then at night to check curfews).. The state only allows him to work 40 hours per week - so if you have seen his vehicle at his residence during the day, it is likely because he has to go back to work that night or is on call for electronic house arrest..
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        by Scott on May 24, 2011 at 12:32 AM in reply to Facts not Fiction Please.
        As the Task Force Commander was was a dirty, nasty, stealing Task Force Commander and would set people up and then accuse them. The awards that he has is no more than what the average officer recieves while employed as an agent or officer. Look you get your facts straight there is not enough electronic house arrest in Washington Co. for him to flex that much time at his resident. Even if he is flexing that state car must be parked at the Probation Office while he is flexing. Lets keep it real they have a Surveillance Officer to check curfews and Greg only is required to check them 1 night out of a week. And from my understanding he calls them up on the phone and when he do go to a resident at night to check an offender he blows his horn and as long as someone waves their hand out of the door he is happy and gone. Another fact about his habbits as a Probation Officer is that Washington Co. do not have no more than 2 at the peak that is on House Arrest most of the time they average 1. And with that I am sure he is not on call every day because there are 3 other officers in that office that work as on call officers.
  • by bob Location: washington co. on May 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    just tired of seeing Ross doing nothing, vote for Hassell!!!!!!
  • by Gone Location: not washington county on May 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Thank God I had the sense to move out of Washington County
  • by M on May 13, 2011 at 12:30 AM
    Irregularities... Is this another word for someone is cheating or some more STUPID people can't count? Cheating should = Prosecution....
  • by M on May 13, 2011 at 12:28 AM
    Great another Whining politico... Just what we need....
  • by MAD REPUBLICAN Location: Eastern NC on May 12, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    I am and always have been a proud Republican. I think that the polls should have observers to report irregularities. There is too much fraud with the early voting and it must stop. However, I do believe that this Sheriff's election is going too far. Don't continue to raise unvalidated complaints...you already have a second chance at the expense of the taxpayers that you want to represent.
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      by Grady on May 12, 2011 at 09:10 PM in reply to MAD REPUBLICAN
      My understanding is: Greg asked about a discrepancy in the number of voters listed on the absentee voter sheet which was different than the machine count total. After the poll observers spotted the problem and informed him. How can that be a unvalidated complaints? It was a simple question! If the election director (Dora Bell) had explained the discrepancy it would have been over.. She would not so he had to go to the state board of elections. They reviewed records and explained what was going on and everything is fine. Sounds to me like Dora Bell does not know what she is doing and she is the problem..
  • by Ugh on May 12, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    If the grammar of those from Washington county gets any worse, they might like to think about hiring better teachers.
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      by Altruist on May 12, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Ugh
      Ugh Ugh
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      by dee on May 13, 2011 at 06:49 AM in reply to Ugh
      Making negative comments about the grammar of the people in Washington County, that's just ignorant!
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        by jb on May 23, 2011 at 05:25 AM in reply to dee
        we make comments about the grammer because generation after generation such as yourself, starts to think that it's ok. and about the teachers, they are just like apples. Some are good and some are bad.
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          by dee on May 24, 2011 at 11:05 AM in reply to jb
          so now i'm a whole generation? i'm just one person and i don't think it is ok to use bad grammer. review and comment about your own grammer before replying to me about some else comment.
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