Judge to make decision on challenged Yalobusha County sheriff election

Mark Fulco defeated Luther Folson by two votes to become Yalobusha County’s new sheriff. Folson is contesting the results.

Posted: Jan 27, 2020 7:34 PM
Updated: Jan 28, 2020 12:53 PM

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - A Circuit Court judge in Yalobusha County is hearing an election challenge from last November’s sheriff election.

Mark Fulco defeated Luther Folson by two votes to become Yalobusha County’s new sheriff.

Folson is contesting the results. He claims tainted ballots in some precincts led to his defeat.

His attorney argued that one tainted ballot is enough for the judge to disqualify the election.

Folson said he found issues with four precincts during a review of the ballots shortly after the election.

However, Fulco’s attorney said disqualifying the election would cancel out the voting rights of people who did not have tainted ballots.

Folson’s attorney said there were absentee ballots in question.

In one case, Folson’s attorney asked the Circuit Clerk if one person voted both absentee and on a regular ballot. The clerk said yes, but it is the poll workers’ responsibility to see that does not happen.

There are four precincts to go through, so the hearing could last a few more days. The judge will then decide what to do about the election.

Fulco took the oath of office earlier this month and is serving as the county’s sheriff.

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