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Judge orders some voters to settle Yalobusha County sheriff's race

A judge ruled Tuesday that Yalobusha County must hold a special election in two precincts to decide who should be the county's next sheriff.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 12:05 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 12:52 PM

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) — A judge ruled Tuesday that Yalobusha County must hold a special election in two precincts to decide who should be the county's next sheriff.

The decision by Judge Jeff Weill of Hinds County is the result of a hearing over an election challenge filed by Luther Folson, who lost the November general election to Mark Fulco by two votes.

Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney said the precincts where the voting will take place again is Beat 1 North, which includes the Old Depot area of Water Valley, and Beat 4 Oakland.

Results from those two precincts will be added to the general election totals from the other precincts to determine a winner.

Burney did not have a date for the special election, but it is typically 60 days after a judge's ruling. 

He added each of those precincts has approximately 1,000 voters.

The judge ruled a special election was necessary because four absentee ballots — two from each precinct — were processed illegally and he could not determine the preference of those four voters.

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