June 23, 2018
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Revote alters Palmyra selectmen election results

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

PALMYRA, Maine — Voters here sent two incumbents back to the Board of Selectmen on Friday, changing the results of a faulty election last month that was nullified by a misprint on the ballot.

Town Clerk Val Sprague said Friday night that Vondell Dunphy received 115 votes, the most of any candidate. Dan Sprague received 109 votes, enough to qualify him for the second open seat, and Denise Chamness received 88 votes in a losing bid. Various write-in candidates received a total of 27 votes, Sprague said.

On March 12, Dunphy and newcomer Chamness were elected with 80 and 72 votes, respectively, with Sprague tallying 61 votes. However, election workers noticed during the day that the ballot instructed voters to pick only one candidate when there were two seats available.

Val Sprague told the Bangor Daily News at the time that all three candidates favored a re-vote.

Chamness, Palmyra’s former town clerk, said Friday night that she supported the results, even though they weren’t in her favor.

“I feel much better losing in a fair vote than winning in a non-fair vote,” she said. “I contested the vote in March because the ballots were wrong.”

Chamness said she fully supports Sprague and Dunphy.

“It’s a close-knit community here and I’m happy for both of them,” she said, adding that she hasn’t ruled out running for the board again in the future.

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