SLED asked to investigate Marion city elections

UPDATE: After a hearing Saturday morning the elections results were upheld. Marion County Election Commission Chairman Robert Harrelson said after presenting their cases, Jerry Mitchell and Odessa Gregg withdrew their protests. Gregg will keep her seat.

Marion police asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate allegations of fraud in Tuesday's Marion mayoral and city council elections.

We're told the allegations center around absentee votes.

SLED has not decided if it will investigate.

The Marion County Election Commission certified the results Friday morning.

It shows longtime councilman Bobby Davis with 1,392 votes beating incumbent Rodney Berry who gained 1,157.

Marion City Council District Three shows Emerson Hunt gained 307 votes to defeat his challengers Pamela McRae with 47 votes and Betty Wright with 128 votes.

Odessa Gregg will continue to represent District Five on Marion City Council. She had 224 votes to Jerry Mitchell's 217 votes.

Mitchell filed a protest of the results saying someone intentionally and unlawfully interfered with the voting process.

The election commission says it has 48 hours to make a decision as to whether it will hear Mitchell's protest.