Voters re-elected Sheriff Joey Dobson by a land slide Tuesday and two county commission incumbents, Gordon Crews and Mark Hartley, retained their seats by much narrower margins.
All are registered Democrats.
The final tallies didn’t come from elections officials until about 2:30 am, however, thanks to a technical glitch that triggered a recount of early voting ballots.
But the number of early voting ballots in the recount did not match the total counted when early voting ended the previous Saturday, at least not initially.
Soon a bag of the ballots was uncovered under a book in the vault where ballots are stored after voting. Once the bag’s ballots were counted, the total still did not match the original figure.
About 1:45 am two more bags of early vote ballots were found. They had been mislabeled as absentee ballots when placed in the vault.