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New Election Expected After Ballot Mix-Up

Posted November 13, 2007

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— A Town Council candidate said Tuesday he plans to seek a new election after a mix-up last week led to some Johnston County residents voting in Clayton races.

R.S. "Butch" Lawter Jr. said he would file an election protest before the Thursday deadline. The State Board of Elections would have to call for a new election.

About 20 voters who live outside Clayton were mistakenly given Clayton ballots at one polling place in the Nov. 6 election.

Incumbent Alex Harding finished with 527 votes, but the second- and third-place finishers in the race, Art Holder and Lawter, were separated by only three votes – 516 to 513 – after provisional ballots were counted.

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