(Senator Melanie) Sojourner said she is proud the poll watchers have come forward to ensure integrity in the election process.

“If voters can’t trust an election, how can they trust anything we do as a government or as elected officials,” she said.  

Sojourner said she has not decided if she will officially challenge the results of the election.

“Look, I don’t have any desire whatsoever to drag myself or my family or Sen. Dearing and his family through some long-drawn out (process),” Sojourner said. “But my first obligation is to the integrity of the system.”

Dearing said he is confident in the competency of Franklin County election officials.

“Honestly, I have all the confidence that the election officials have done nothing wrong,” he said.

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