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Nov 19, 2013 1:47 PM by katc

69 ballots thrown out in recall election in Slaughter

Election officials say 69 of the 190 mail-in and early-voting ballots submitted for the recall election of Mayor Demetric Slaughter were thrown out and never counted.

The Advocate reports Slaughter could use that information as grounds to challenge the results from Saturday's recall election despite the more than 300-vote margin that may solidify her removal from office.

Shortly after Saturday's results were released, Slaughter said she might contest the results because she heard some early-voting ballots had been thrown out.

Slaughter has until Nov. 25 to contest the election results or she will have to vacate office by 4:30 p.m. If she contests the election, a state District Court judge will have to hold a trial within four days after a lawsuit is filed, according to state law.

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