Party Leader: Mecklenburg Sheriff's Race Is Not Over Yet
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Nick Mackey won the election for Mecklenburg County sheriff, but, some of his fellow Democrats say the fight isn't over.
Five Democrats-- including Pat Patton, the vice chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party-- filed a grievance with the state Democratic party. Another active party member says she plans to do the same.
They're challenging the election process. They say officials are supposed to give the public a certain amount of notice when it comes to organizing voting precincts... And did not.
Patton said, "I kept saying very vocally at every meeting 'This is wrong.'"
Mackey's lawyer, James Ferguson, said he has not seen the formal complaints, but, "the election is over. The voters have made their choice. We need to be able to move on."
The state Democratic party will review the election. If it feels the process had flaws and those flaws gave Mackey a win he doesn't deserve, the state party could nix his victory and give Mecklenburg County commissioners, even the Republicans, the final say.
The head of the state Democratic party, Jerry Meek, said, "the allegations in this situation really affect enough votes that it could turn the election."
Here's one more twist-- the state Democratic party doesn't plan to look at this case until mid-January. So, it could be at least five more weeks before the election gets resolved.