Tuesday, 16 October 2007 10:26
The Boone Municipal Election canvassing held a few surprises
With the addition of 60 provisional ballots, Liz Aycock moved into third
place in the Council race, replacing incumbent Dempsey Wilcox by four votes.
Now Wilcox and fifth-place incumbent Bunk Spann have the option of requesting a
revote. It’s an option sources say Wilcox is likely to take advantage of. The
candidates have by 5 p.m. Thursday to decide.
Further controversy arose when local developer and
Citizens for Change chair Jeff Templeton filed an election protest complaint.
In his complaint, he alleged that results from the absentee ballots were posted
before the polls closed, possibly altering the election’s outcome. He says the
results were posted on local discussion site www.wataugawatch.net. Templeton alleges
results were released by Board of Elections chair Stella Anderson, and calls
for her dismissal. His complaint was rejected at the local level because as a
resident of the extraterritorial jurisdiction, he was unable to vote. The complaint will now be reviewed on a