On the original election returns, the Sheriff of Edenton declared that two of the votes for James Norcum were improper, leading to a tie of 47 votes each. The Sheriff then cast his vote for William Littlejohn and declared him the winner.
"After a warmly contested election, upon counting out the ballots, a doubt arose as to which of the candidates was elected. At length, after a consultation of the Sheriff and Inspectors, the Sheriff declared in favor of Mr. Littlejohn. We understand that Dr. Norcum intends to contest the election."
The election was contested and a new one was ordered to be held.
Original Election Returns. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Legislative Papers for 1808. State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh.
Edenton Gazette, and North-Carolina Advertiser (Edenton, NC). August 18, 1808.
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