The Telegram
  • Votes of NY WWII vet, wife tossed on technicality

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  • AUBURN ó A judge has thrown out the votes of a World War II veteran and his wife because the envelopes containing their absentee ballots werenít sealed, retaining a central New York town supervisor candidateís one-vote lead.
    Local media outlets report that a Cayuga County Judge on Tuesday granted a motion to dismiss incumbent Republican Edward Wagnerís lawsuit filed after a count of contested ballots made his Democratic challenger, John Socci, the front-runner by a 714-713 vote in the town of Owasco.
    The judge upheld the local Board of Electionís rejection of George and Agnes Kingís ballots because they arrived in unsealed envelopes. State election law says unsealed ballots canít be counted.
    George King, a 93-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps , testified that he remembers sealing the envelope before mailing the ballots.