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Affidavit Ballots To Decide Jackson County District 111 House Seat

Only two votes separated District 111 House candidates Tim Lee and Brandon Jones, after Tuesday's ballots were counted. More than 240 affidavit ballots will decide the winner.

"You can flip a coin at this point," Jackson County Election Commissioner Ben Sanford said.

Sanford's job isn't to flip a coin, it's to make sure every vote counts.

"Well, we are under the microscope."

After all, every voter and every candidate, deserves no less.

"Both sides have attorneys, and they are going to watch us, watch us dot every 'i' and cross every 't.'"

Tim Lee brought attorney Jimmy Heidelberg to watch over the process with him. 

"It is very important. It just goes to show how important it is to go out and vote," Heidelberg said.

Brandon Jones sent attorney Matt Eichelberger to be his eyes, ears, and voice.

"We have to make sure the process is done correctly," Eichelberger said.

Hours of checking and double checking, counting and recounting produced no final answer Wednesday. The election commissioner said the winner should be announced by Thursday afternoon.

Brandon and Lee are both new to politics. The winner will replace Carmel Wells-Smith, who did not seek re-election.

By Patrice Clark

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