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No closer to winner in 6th Worcester

Each camp gains a vote from Oxford

Oxford Town Clerk Lori Kelley opens a bag of ballots Monday, Nov. 8 to count provisional ballots. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
November 09, 2010
OXFORD — You win one, you win one.

That thought applies to both candidates for the 6th Worcester District state representative seat — incumbent Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton, and Republican challenger Peter Durant, of Spencer. Each candidate picked up one vote Monday, Nov. 8 when the Oxford Board of Registrars opened three provisional ballots, two of which applied to the Sixth Worcester race. Durant's overall four-vote lead, however, did not change.

Provisional ballots allow voters to cast ballots without clerks knowing whether they are registered to vote. The ballot is only counted if clerks can later verify the person is registered.

Alicea is seeking a recount of Election Day results because, as of that night, Durant was up by only two votes. Days later, Durant picked up two more votes, and Alicea one, leaving Durant leading by four votes.

While Alicea has not officially filed a recount request, his attorney, James McDermott, has requested that each town choose different days, which would allow Alicea to be present. Oxford Town Clerk Lori Kelley said she is aiming to hold hers Friday, Nov. 19, while Southbridge Town Clerk Madaline Daoust said she would hold hers on Thursday, Nov. 18.

Alicea also said McDermott would also advise him on whether to seek a district wide or precinct-by-precinct recount.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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