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Candidate for Yalobusha County sheriff is examining ballots

Luther Folson is examining the ballots after being narrowly defeated in the general election.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 2:11 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 4:30 PM

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - The man who barely lost the race to become Yalobusha County’s next sheriff is examining the ballots.

Luther Folson started Friday morning painstakingly checking every ballot box from the Nov. 5 general election.

Luther Folson

The ballots were examined in the election commissioner’s office at the Yalobusha County courthouse.

Folson, accompanied by a man he said is an expert in the matter,  are checking the ballots in the election commissioner’s office at the Yalobusha County courthouse.

With 2,569 votes, Mark Fulco defeated Folson by two votes, giving Fulco the sheriff’s position.

Folson said he wants to see if there are any voting irregularities in the approximately 5,200 ballots that were cast.

If he finds any, he will move to contest the election, he said.

Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney said Folson has the right to examine the ballot boxes at his own discretion for any irregularities.

If found, Folson could then petition the court to set a date for a civil trial.

Burney said this type of situation is typical in close races.

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