Day 2: Durant’s lawyer attacks Southbridge’s ballot integrity

In day 2 of the lawsuit to settle the Geraldo Alicea – Peter Durant race, Durant’s lawyer attacked the integrity of the ballots under the care of the city of Southbridge.  The Worcester Telegram (password required) has the story.

Suggesting the vote-tallying process in Southbridge was flawed in the Nov. 2 election, the lawyer for state representative candidate Peter J. Durant yesterday attacked errors made under the watch of Southbridge Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust.

While being questioned by Frank L. McNamara Jr., Mr. Durant’s lawyer, Ms. Daoust said the bin with just one seal on it was “quite possibly” large enough for a person’s hand to fit inside.

Ms. Daoust also testified that the serial numbers of seals put on five plastic containers holding ballots after the election were not recorded in the clerk’s record.

Ms. Daoust, who supervised about 40 election workers at two polling sites, said another ballot bin was cracked.

Closing arguments before Superior Court Judge Richard Tucker are expected today.

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