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New Madrid Co. ballot mix-up could lead to special election in alderman race

A mix up in ballots in New Madrid county could lead to a special election for Alderman Ward 2. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS) A mix up in ballots in New Madrid county could lead to a special election for Alderman Ward 2. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt/KFVS)
NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

A mix up in ballots in New Madrid County, Missouri could lead to a special election for Alderman Ward 2.

According to this petition filed in New Madrid County Court, 19 voters got the incorrect ballot for city Alderman, and the difference in votes for the top two candidates is 18 votes.

Nick White won the election earlier this month before the mistake was noticed.

Once it was, his opponent and incumbent, Russell Riggs, filed a petition with the court for a new election.

White said after winning the election the first time, it would be difficult if Riggs won this time around.

"Well, of course, it would be a gut-wrenching feeling, but I really don't know what would happen as far as, other than, he would be the winner of the election, and would take back the office. Of course, you don't want to go through another election, but I guess I understand. I'm just ready to get it over with," White said.

John Garner was also in the race says he will stay in because he's required to, and wishes Riggs and White well.

When reached for comment Russell Riggs said his lawyer advised him not to comment on the situation.

County Clerk Clement Cravens says the petition will go before a New Madrid County judge sometime next week, and a date should be set for a new election.

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