Loser wants new election in Oklahoma House race

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 22 at 6:05 AM

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The loser in a race for an Oklahoma House seat says there were so many irregularities in the Norman-area election that it's impossible to tell who really won.

Republican Aaron Stiles defeated Democrat Paula Roberts by 16 votes, but Roberts' lawyer says Judge Tracy Shumacher should order a new election.

Lawyer Gregory Bledsoe says evidence of 10 irregularities presented Tuesday calls the election results into question. He says provisional ballots cast by voters who did not have a valid voter ID were treated differently than those from candidates who did have a voter ID, in violation of the Constitution.

Roberts also says ineligible voters were allowed to cast ballots while some registered voters were barred from voting.

Shumacher did not rule and will hear more testimony Nov. 30.

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