VEAZIE, Maine — A former town councilor who lost his re-election bid last week has formally requested an inspection of the ballots cast in last week’s local elections.
The inspection will begin at 9 a.m. Friday in the council chambers at the municipal building, Town Manager Mark Leonard said Wednesday.
Leonard said the inspection was requested by former Town Councilor Jonathan Parker.
Parker lost his seat in a three-way race for two council positions on June 11. The winners were Robert Rice — a write-in candidate who was the top vote-getter with 147 votes — and Karen Walker, who had 138 votes. Parker received 114 votes.
Leonard said the ballot inspection was prompted by a write-in ballot that initially was deemed valid because the voter’s intent was clear. He said that the ballot later was determined not to be valid because while a name was properly written in the ballot space for write-ins, the dot in front of the line was not filled in. He said both steps are required.
Leonard said that he and Julie Strout, who is the town’s deputy clerk and registrar of voters, will oversee the ballot inspection, which will involve checking to see if other ballots were improperly marked. He said that Parker and a representative plan to be on hand.
The other candidates have been made aware of the inspection, Leonard said. He said the inspection is open to the public.