OXFORD — Granville County Republican Party claims they found enough dubious signatures on Chris Smoot’s petition to run for sheriff as an unaffiliated candidate to disqualify him from a spot on the November ballot.

Capping a day-long hearing in front of the county Board of Elections, county GOP Vice Chairman Michael Magnanti testified that a team of volunteers tried to cross-match petition signatures with publicly available documents like real-estate records, and were eventually able to compare them voter-registration cards held by the county board.

Contact Ray Gronberg at rgronberg@hendersondispatch.com or by phone at 252-436-2850.

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