To those of you who don’t think your vote matters the Worcester 6th district says think again:
Republican Peter J. Durant maintained the slimmest of margins — one vote — and declared victory over state Rep. Geraldo Alicea in the 6th Worcester District race yesterday afternoon, based on the last of five recounts held this week.
However, Mr. Alicea, D-Charlton, said he will challenge the result in court, based on an uncounted absentee ballot in Southbridge.
In the final recount here yesterday, the two-hour tally produced four candidate challenges, but no changes in the result of the Nov. 2 election.
So after 5 recounts the republican is still ahead by a single vote, so what is a democrat to do? Why go to court of course!
Mr. Alicea said as votes were being counted yesterday that if nothing changed in the recount in Oxford, he would go to court over an uncounted absentee ballot from Southbridge.
“It’s a process that could take several months,” Mr. Alicea said.
The recount that cut Mr. Durant’s lead from 4 votes to 1 votes has been….interesting:
Questions arose after Durant supporters noticed that the ballot storage box for that precinct did not appear to be properly locked.
Hardwick Town Moderator Ryan J. Witkos, who was observing the count for Mr. Durant, said the box was affixed with one rather than two locks. He said he asked Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust to try to open the box before cutting the lock and “it was able to be opened like it had never been sealed.”emphasis mine
The disputed absentee ballot, which was deemed spoiled, was from that precinct.