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Payton leads by one vote in LSSD race

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Of the six, there were three votes for Steve Jones, Warren said, adding there were other provisional ballots that could not be counted. They werent eligible to vote, he said regarding those ballots.

Payton led Jones by four votes after all precincts reported in on Election Day. Unofficial results on Aug. 2 had Payton with 1,468 votes and Jones with 1,464 votes. The provisional ballots give Jones 1,467 votes.

Election results are not official until the Election Commission meets again on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 4:30 p.m. to certify the results. Warren said after the election is certified, Payton or Jones will be able to contest the election in Wilson County Chancery Court.

Warren said the candidates have five days following certification to file such a contest, at which point the Chancellor would determine the next course of action.

Warren said the four basic outcomes to contesting the election include the election being declared void, a tie, or the Chancellor can declare a winner or require a recount.

It would be entirely up to the candidates to contest the election results, Warren said.

Whether Jones would contest the election is unclear. He refused to comment on Thursday when contacted for this story.

District 2 County Commission seat open, on Nov. 6 ballot

Also, a new position will be added to the Nov. 6 General Election as District 2 Wilson County Commissioner Stephanie McDonald vacated her seat and a replacement will be elected in November.

McDonald vacated her seat as her family plans to move out of state for work-related reasons. Warren said there have already been petitions filed to fill the District 2 seat.

Two have already filed petitions and anyone who wants to qualify has until Thursday, Aug. 16 to file for the November election, Warren said. The deadline for filing is 12 p.m., noon, on Aug. 16.

Currently, Richard L. Moses and Terry Duncan have filed their petitions with the Election Commission.

Since McDonald was in the middle of a two-year term, Warren noted her replacement will be determined from the old district lines and said anyone who wishes to serve in McDonalds place for the remainder of the term, must live within the old district lines.

Its going to be run on the old district lines so a candidate has to live within the old district to run in November, Warren explained.

Earlier this year redistricting moved many local and state district lines and Warren pointed out a candidate to fill McDonalds seat could live outside the current District 2, but must live within the old lines.

Warren said the candidates to fill McDonalds seat must meet the same filing deadline and may come into the Election Commission office to inquire about the old district lines and to pick up a petition.

The qualifying date for candidates in the November election is noon, Thursday, Aug. 23.

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