Jackson Republican voter suing over Sheriff's race

Published 08/25 2016 06:17PM

Updated 08/25 2016 06:17PM

Last month's death of a Jackson County Sheriff's candidate has resulted in a lawsuit.

A Republican voter filed a petition over next week's Democratic Primary between incumbent Lou  Roberts and Burt McAlpin.

Stanley Beloat wants Republicans to be able vote for one of the two candidates before the election is finalized.

Jackson County Supervisor of Elections Sylvia D. Stephens says she is not opposed to a change that would allow Republicans to vote but cannot change the election at this stage without a court order. She added that she followed the rules and asked the Jackson County Republican Party to submit another candidate but they declined.

Normally, all voters would have been allowed to vote for one or the other of the two Democrats in what's known as a universal primary. But, when the supervisor of elections office printed the ballots, Republican Jerome Basford was alive and still a candidate.

So, the winner of the Democratic primary would have faced Basford in the November general election.

Now, Republicans can't vote in the race at all and won't be able to vote in the race unless this petition succeeds.

A hearing is set for Friday in the case. 

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