West mum on next move

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 5, 1999

Adams County supervisor candidate James West completed his review of ballot boxes in the District 5 race Friday afternoon, but he would not say if he will contest the results. .

&uot;We’ve got some things we have to review now,&uot;&160;said West, who lost the Aug. 24 Democratic primary runoff by 91 votes.

He categorized the Friday’s session as interesting but would not comment on what he found interesting about it.

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Circuit Court Clerk Fred Ferguson oversaw the recount while West’s opponent, Lynwood Easterling observed.

&uot;It went really well,&uot;&160;Ferguson said. &uot;He certainly has the right to check the ballot boxes.&uot;

West spent 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. examining the boxes from the four precincts in District 5: Foster Mound, Oakland, Airport and Washington.

&uot;There was no problem,&uot; Ferguson said of the process. &uot;Everyone was real agreeable.&uot;

Easterling’s only request was that all the data be taken out of a box at one time and then put back into box at one time, Ferguson said.

West has 20 days from Aug. 24 to contest the election.

He requested the recount on Aug. 30 to resolve questions about discrepancies in the precinct totals.

One of these discrepancies includes 26-vote difference in the Oakland precinct between ballots casts and voters’ signatures on the sign-in books.

&uot;We gave him all the information he asked for,&uot; Ferguson said.

West also examined the voter sign-in books for crossover voting.

Under state law, voters who cast Republican ballots in the primaries can not vote in the Democratic runoffs and vice versa. Poll workers were responsible for making sure this did not occur.

&uot;Every precinct had a copy of the people who voted Republican in the primary,&uot;&160;Ferguson said.

According to certified results, Easterling received 1,126 votes to West’s 1,035. Easterling will face independent Eddie Jones in the Nov. 2 general election.