COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A tight sheriff’s race in Columbus County made even tighter after votes were canvassed Monday.
On Election night, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher lost to Jody Greene by more than 50 votes.
After Monday’s canvass, just 34 votes now separate the candidates.
Hatcher is requesting a recount.
“To ask for the recount is in my perfect right. No animosity against anyone, but I want the system to work and I want it to work fairly,” Hatcher said after the elections board meeting adjourned.
The Board of Elections could not certify them last week due to the director needing to be hospitalized for an illness, according to staff.
The County board of elections will send Hatcher’s request to the state. The state will be involved in determining when the recount will occur.