Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones Contests Election Loss; Sheriff Asserts Errors in Every Precinct

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones Contests Election Loss; Sheriff Asserts Errors in Every Precinct

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

Citing misconduct and fraud, McIntosh County Sheriff Charles "Chunk" Jones has contested his 387-vote loss last week to challenger Stephen Jessup.

Robert Mucha, chairman of county Board of Elections, said the contest was filed just before 5 p.m. and names him, Jessup, election supervisor Doll Gale and the board as defendants.

"It's a bunch of nonsense,'' Mucha said. "This probably was one of the best elections we've ever had.''

Contacted by phone, Jessup said, "That's his right as an American citizen to file court papers. I feel we had a fair and just election and that I'm the winner.''

In his complaint, Jones asserts illegal votes were counted and legal ones rejected and that errors in counting the votes occurred in every precinct.

There was enough misconduct, fraud and irregularities on the part of election officials to change the outcome, said Jones, who is representing himself in the contest.

Jones asks the court to give him access to all voter signature cards, absentee ballot applications, ballot envelopes and ballot stubs so that he may compare signatures. …

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