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Levy votes canvassed

result is unchanged

December 20, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

Minor tweaking was required when the votes of last week's Martinsburg Police Department excess levy were canvassed Friday, but the overall result did not change.

Of the city's 10,385 registered voters, 515 cast a ballot in the election. Of those, 390 people voted for the levy and 125 people voted against it.

During the canvass Friday afternoon, one absentee ballot and 12 challenged ballots were considered. City Council members decided to count the absentee ballot and nine of the challenged ballots, all of which were cast by poll workers. State law allows poll workers to vote at the site in which they're working, even if it's not their usual precinct, City Recorder Sharon Flick said.

Ballots cast from three others, non-poll workers, who voted at the wrong precinct were not counted. City Council members did not know whether the voter checked the "yes" or "no" box when the ballots were considered.

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Eight of the nine poll workers voted for the levy, as did the resident who submitted the absentee ballot.

Levy money is used to pay for the salaries and benefits of nine police department officers already on the force. Over the next five years more than $3.26 million is expected to be generated through the levy.

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