In St. Albans, Concerns About Voting Irregularities

03/21/12 12:32PM

Voters in St. Albans will have to go back to the polls to elect an alderman because a judge threw out the results from Town Meeting Day.

That's because there were concerns about voting irregularities.

The Burlington Free Press reports that after the election, a machine count showed Ryan Doyle was ahead of Joe Luneau by five votes.

But a review of the ballots at the time showed the vote count was eight shy of what it should have been.

A hand count later showed a two-vote victory for Doyle. Luneau asked for a recount, which still showed Doyle ahead, but by a different amount.

Other problems included evidence that the city clerk opened the ballot boxes without election officials present. A judge ordered the new election yesterday.

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