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November 3, 2004

Albany-- Election officials in Worth County went to great lengths last night to make sure no one would challenge vote tallies in the Sheriff's election.

During the primary, two candidates demanded a recount because they believed a Sheriff's deputy illegally handled memory cards that contained voting records.

This time, elections director, Judge Virginia Andrews, made sure no officers handled the cards. She also had a Sylvester police officer and a Sheriff's deputies present all night.

"I thought that it would be best to have two officers because we had one candidate from the police department and one from the sheriff's office," says election director, Judge Virginia Andrews.

When it was all over incumbent Sheriff Freddie Tompkins barely beat Sylvester Interim Police Chief Tony Strenth by more than 200 votes.

posted at 6:10PM by scott.hunter@walb.com