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Recount Underway In 2018 Macon County Sheriff Election

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Democratic Judge Larry Fulton, left, holds out a ballot for poll watchers as Republican Judge Doug Precht, right, prepares the next ballot on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, during the first day of re-counting for the 2018 Macon County Sheriff's race at the Macon County offices building in Decatur.

DECATUR — Ballots from a Illinois sheriff election are being recounted 20 months later.

Tony Brown has been serving as Macon County sheriff after defeating Jim Root, a Republican, by one vote out of roughly 40,000 cast in 2018.

The recount started Tuesday and could last weeks. It was ordered by a judge as a compromise agreed to by both men after Root filed a legal challenge to the one-vote defeat.

Ten election judges — five Republicans and five Democrats — are being paid $10 an hour to recount the ballots by hand.

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