Christina Kelly G. Merrill’s protest of the recent county commissioner contest was rejected. In a very close race, Merrill claimed procedures for verifying addresses were not strictly followed. In particular, she wanted to discard votes cast in the mess-up at the left-leaning, gerrymander-severed Warren Wilson College. Legal counsel for contender Ellen Frost asked if the people wanted leadership that wanted to throw out their votes. Merrill intends to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, the recount is underway, and it should be complete by Friday. The new commissioners will be sworn in the following Tuesday.
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