New Election Possible For Washington Co. Sheriff

A local sheriff's race is still being contested, three months after the election. In November, incumbent James Ross won the Washington County Sheriff's race by just 4 votes, but opposing candidate Greg Hassell says the outcome wasn't fair because there were several irregularities in the election. Now, the state board of elections is stepping in.

The state has scheduled a hearing later this month to determine if a new election should be held. Hassell says during November's election, provisional votes weren't counted, ballots were misplaced, people who needed help voting were turned away from the polls, and more ballots were recorded than voters. Meanwhile, Sheriff James Ross says he fairly won the race. The county board of elections held its own hearing on the matter in November and upheld the original election results. Hassell appealed to the state, which granted the new hearing.

"Well, we just wanted to make sure that any candidate in Washington County gets a fair and impartial election, and we found it difficult for that to take place when irregularities occurred that cast doubt on the fairness of the election," said Hassell.

"In my mind, I really believe it was a fair election, and even if you win by one vote- you won and it should be over," said Sheriff Ross.

The hearing is set for February 22nd.


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