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ACLU seeks court review of close race

September 27, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With questions still lingering about some election procedures in the House District 58 race, the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union has picked up the fight on behalf of candidate Carlos Tobon, who lost to incumbent Representative William San Bento by one vote.
The RI ACLU announced Thursday that it has agreed to file a petition in the Rhode Island Supreme Court on behalf of Tobon. In a statement, the ACLU said that Tobon’s “purported” one vote loss to San Bento in the Sept. 11 primary “has been mired in controversy and confusion since election night.” It further stated that the court petition “will seek a review of the election results in light of multiple errors that have come to light about the conduct of that election.”
According to the ACLU, among other things, the questions that have been raised involve “the counting, and the loss, of some mail ballots for this election; the repeated different tallies that occurred when ballots were fed through the electronic voting machines last week by the Board of Elections and the board’s refusal to manually conduct a recount of the ballots.”

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