Votes of WWII Vet, Wife Tossed on Technicality

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) -

A judge on Tuesday threw out the votes of a World War II veteran and his wife because the envelopes containing their absentee ballots weren’t sealed, retaining a town supervisor candidate’s one-vote lead. A judge granted a motion to dismiss incumbent Republican Edward Wagner’s lawsuit filed after a count of contested ballots made his Democratic challenger, John Socci, the front-runner by a 714-713 vote in the town of Owasco. The judge upheld the local Board of Election’s rejection of George and Agnes King’s ballots because they were in unsealed envelopes. George King, a 93-year-old veteran, testified that he remembers sealing the envelope before mailing them.