Decatur County Election Officials Clarify Voters' Confusion

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

There seemed to be some confusion among Republican voters in Decatur County when it came time to vote for a sheriff in Tuesday's primary election.

Some Republican voters did not understand why the sheriff's race did not appear on their ballots.

The Vice-Chairman of the Decatur County Board of Elections and Registration, Wendell Cofer, explained that registered Republican voters didn't have the option to vote for a sheriff simply because there was not a republican contestant running.

He says certain races are designated for each particular party.

"The candidates who qualified for that office, qualified on the democratic ballot," Cofer said. "Because it was not a republican-contested race, then that issue is decided in the democratic primary."

Cofer says this is the way the voting process has been for over fifty years.

The winner of Tuesday's race was incumbent Decatur County Sheriff, Wiley Griffin.

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