Second District Judge Rodney Page said he will decide next week whether to uphold the vote or order a new election in two Morgan School Board races where a mixup in ballots left the outcomes undecided.
No winners have been declared in races for two four-year terms because local officials discovered that unauthorized votes were cast in Precincts 1 and 2. Unofficial results in both races are close.In the Precinct 1 election for an open seat, 57 voters were given the wrong ballots, said County Clerk Janis Widdison. Election results show Kathy Collins with 181 votes, Terry Clawson with 170 and write-in candidate Daniel Poland with 134.
The incumbent in Precinct 1, Board President Earl McCain, did not run for re-election.
In Precinct 2, incumbent LaJean Francis is ahead of challenger Chet Adams by two votes, 210-208. But Widdison said three voters were not given school board ballots in that precinct.
She attributed the problem to "honest mistakes" by local voting judges and said the problems were not detected until polls had closed and the ballots locked away.
The Morgan County Commission turned the matter over to the courts after learning it did not have authority to order a new election. Page took the case under advisement on Wednesday.
"We'll abide by the judge's decision," said Commission Chairman Jeff London.