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Election 2012: Kerr will appeal order for new vote

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

The Georgetown County School Board District 6 race is going to Columbia.

Richard Kerr, who was declared the winner over Peggy Wheeler-Cribb by 22 votes, said today he will appeal a decision by the Georgetown County Board of Elections and Registration to hold a new election.

The state Board of Elections has two weeks to hear the appeal.

Wheeler-Cribb protested the result of the Nov. 6 election after elections board member Billy Altman said an estimated 240 voters in the Murrells Inlet 2 precinct may have been given the wrong school board ballot.

The ballot confusion, Altman said, springs from the fact that Murrells Inlet 2 was divided between Districts 1 and 6 after the 2010 Census.

“After consultation with my family, friends and legal counsel I respectively disagree with the decision of the Georgetown County Election Commission Board to order a new election for the District 6 School Board seat,” Kerr said in a statement today. “Based on the testimony presented at the hearing on Nov. 19, there was no evidence or proof of incorrect ballots being cast and no witnesses presented by Ms. Wheeler-Cribb to substantiate any errors.

“With only opinions being expressed and no facts presented, I feel I must appeal the decision to the State Election Commission for review,” Kerr said.

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