Incumbent Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed yesterday to become an official write-in candidate in the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Incumbent Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed yesterday to become an official write-in candidate in the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

“The Republican primary was too close for a lot of people to let it settle,” Christopher said after filing his paperwork with the Sussex County Board of Elections before the 4:30 p.m. deadline. “We will take the next 30 days and instruct people how to write-in, and hopefully we can pull one-third of the vote.”

Christopher, who was first elected to the office in 2010, lost the Sept. 9 Republican primary to challenger Robert T. Lee by a final vote of 5,088-5,109.

The 21-vote difference between the two candidates represented 0.002 percent of the votes cast in the primary, which automatically triggered a recount of the absentee ballots on Sept. 11. That recount upheld Lee’s victory.

“I am the endorsed Republican candidate for Sussex County sheriff,” Lee said after Christopher filed his write-in candidacy papers Tuesday. “Our position hasn’t changed and we are going to move forward just like we have planned.”

Democratic candidate and former Lewes Police chief Beau Gooch could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

According to the Delaware Department of Elections, a voter must press the “write-in” button in the office block in order to add a name to the ballot. They then must press the red button above the ballot after it begins flashing. The “write-in” will open and expose paper tape. The voter must then write the full name of the person for whom they want to vote and close the “write-in” once they’re finished.