A challenge of an election at the time and place of the official election shall cause the ballots and registration records to be placed in the office of the local county sheriff under seal by the designated agent of the Ohio soil and water conservation commission conducting the election and until such commission or its executive officer authorizes the removal of such seal. Such commission or its executive officer shall investigate the validity of the appeal as represented by the sealed records and declare the appeal valid or invalid. A valid appeal finding shall give cause for such commission to conduct another election of successors. An invalid appeal finding shall cause such commission to certify the election as being valid. A discrepancy between the number of ballots cast and the number of registered voters shall not constitute grounds for an invalid election except where such difference is sufficient to potentially alter the certification of the elected candidate or candidates.