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Newly elected supervisor takes office as legal battle continues

Bishop won by two votes over 31 year incumbent Karl Banks. The two are now in a legal battle over the vote count. Source: WLBT Bishop won by two votes over 31 year incumbent Karl Banks. The two are now in a legal battle over the vote count. Source: WLBT
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Over in Madison County, there were handshakes and hugs as more than two dozen men and women were sworn-in as county leaders, including District 4 supervisor David Bishop.

He won by two votes over 31 year incumbent Karl Banks. The two are now in a legal battle over the vote count.

"It feels great," Bishop said. "Madison County finally got what they voted for." 

Bishop stood with his family as he proudly took the oath of office.

Banks, however, questions the count and results. He and his legal teamed are now challenging the tight election in court, arguing that some ballots were not even counted in the race, which would have made him the winner.

"There is an election contest pending before a special judge here in Madison County," said Madison County's Election Commission's new attorney, Wesley Evans. "There will be some legal resolution within a few months."

Evans says they conducted an investigation of their own and filed a response to the recount petition.

"Pursuant to the investigation, it appears there were 27 affidavit ballots reopened and re-stuffed, and possibly may have not been counted in the total results. Also, there were potentially four affidavit ballots that were sealed and never open and apparently those were not counted," he said. "Basically, we are not taking sides in the contest, we just want to make sure all legal votes were counted."

Banks' legal team agrees but the final decision lies in the hands of the court.

As for Bishop, he plans to fight to keep his new seat.

"We are going to continue to fight for Madison County, we going to do it for the district and for the whole county," he said.

Not trial date has been set at this time.

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