Halifax County Says No New Election After Review Of Votes

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

The Halifax County Board of Elections will not hold a new mayoral election after officials found only a few questionable votes in the November 6 contest.

Elections officials dismissed a protest Tuesday filed by Scotland Neck Mayor Robert Partin. He claimed his campaign found voting improprieties and irregularities, including out-of-town voters and some voters casting ballots twice.

The elections board found one questionable provisional ballot and two voters who had voted twice. But that was not enough to alter the results.

James Mills won the election by 58 votes and will be sworn-in next month as Scotland Neck's first black mayor.

Partin's protest had been criticized because it focused primarily on the town's predominantly black precinct.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Scotland Neck on Nov 28, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    I lived in Scotland Neck for years. I also know both Patin and Mills. It doesn't surprise me at all. Those people were focused on voter registration/education,a nonbiased approach. They worked all weekends and during weekdays after a hard days work or after school on foot and sometimes used mobile registration polls. Maybe you also lived here when Mayor Ferd Harrison was the mayor. He live in Raleigh NC for years and held his position as Mayor of Scotland Neck. Sadly or municiple building is named in his honor.(Ferd Harrison's Municiple Building).
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2007 at 09:48 AM
    I used to live in the Scotland Neck area, and I know the current mayor and newly elected mayor, and I must confess that I am surprised at the results.
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