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Moon suing county over election results
Commission candidate was 235 votes behind incumbent
Eugene Moon

Eugene Moon, who fell short of a successful challenge against incumbent Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell in the July 31 Republican primary, is challenging the results in court.

Moon filed suit Friday against Hall County’s Board of Elections and its director, Charlotte Sosebee, according to documents obtained from Hall County Superior Court.

He claims that the elections office failed to use the legally approved district maps for the Board of Commissioners election. Seats were up for a vote in two of those districts.

Powell won District 2 with 51.6 percent of the vote to Moon’s 48.4 percent, a difference of just 235 votes.

In District 4, Jeff Stowe defeated incumbent Ashley Bell with 57.6 percent of the vote.

The suit includes sworn statements from four voters who say they believe the wrong district lines were used. One voter who said he is a Gillsville resident said he voted in the District 4 primary.

Moon, represented by attorney Dan Summer, is asking the court to “find that this election is so defective” and call for a second vote.

Alternatively, Moon has asked that the court require Sosebee to present a map that shows which voters cast ballots for each district. Moon wants Sosebee to submit the map and the coinciding racial demographics to the U.S. Department of Justice for clearance.

State elections officials have been investigating at least one incident since July 27 in which a voter received the wrong ballot.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp has said little about the pending investigation, but has denied that the problem was caused at the state level.

“Any voting procedure abnormalities in Hall County would absolutely not be an issue caused by the Secretary of State’s Office,” spokesman Jared Thomas said in an email.

Neither Hall County Attorney Bill Blalock nor Summer responded to a request for comment Tuesday.