State files petition in Sharpsburg election case

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An attorney for the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has filed a petition for judicial review seeking an expedited hearing in Wake County Superior Court in the matter of the contested election for Sharpsburg mayor.

The filing was made Wednesday by Joshua Lawson, general counsel for the state board, in response to a finding by the Wilson County Board of Elections that Nov. 7 election irregularities were likely to have had an effect on the November election’s outcome.

Robert Williams, a candidate for mayor in Sharpsburg, protested the election over the absence of ballots at the voting precinct at Elm City Elementary School. The Wilson County Board of Elections found that between six to nine people were turned away from the polls in a race that was decided by three votes. Randy Weaver was elected as mayor with 139 votes to Williams’ 136 votes.

In Wednesday’s motion, the state has asked for a hearing to be set on Feb. 5 to resolve the matter in Wake County Superior Court in Raleigh. It is likely that a date for a new election will be set at that time.