It has been discovered that 42 people who are either dead, felons or not registered to vote actually did vote for county sheriff in the 2016 election. In the original count, the republican Jonathan Kinney defeated democrat Homer DeLoach by 18 votes. In the recount DeLoach took a 16 vote lead. But the 42 ineligible voters turned the tide of the election. DeLoach claims that there is no way to know who the illegal voters selected but as we all know, the dead, felons and illegal voters lean heavily if not exclusively democratic.
However, if the election is overturned, there would certainly have to be a revote and that would give DeLoach the advantage since many more people have died since the 2016 election. Still, the citizens deserve to have an election they can have confidence in.
Kinney formally filed a challenge to the election results, and the ensuing investigation revealed that as many as 42 votes were cast illegally, opening the door for Kinney to demand that DeLoach be formally removed from office.
DeLoach claims that even if those ballots were improperly cast, it’s impossible to guess which direction the votes went, asserting that should Kinney win in court, a special election would need to be held immediately.
“I understand that the public wants to know why I filed this election contest,” Kinney said in a statement provided by his attorney in December.
“It is imperative that the public have the trust of their elected officials and their democratic system of government. To that end, I believe I am obliged to contest this election when the results of the sheriff’s election were certified on the basis of votes from convicted felons.”