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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