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Nov 15, 2012 10:54 PM by Steven Albritton

Evangeline Parish Voters Sent to Wrong Machines, School Board Candidate Loses Race

On election day some voters in Evangeline Parish were reportedly sent to the wrong voting machines, keeping them from voting in their own precinct.

"My main concern is the mistakes and I don't think this was a fair election because of that," Former School Board Candidate Sheila Jason Joseph said.

Joseph is still trying to figure out what exactly happened on election day. The Evangeline Parish Registrar of Voters Office confirmed to KATC, voters were in fact sent to the wrong voting machines. Enough in fact to change the outcome of the election in Joseph's favor. What adds to the issue, Joseph only lost by one vote. Joseph could have challenged the results by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but that's where she ran into another problem, legal costs, she can't afford. There is no cost to challenge, but lawyers to represent the challenge were charging up to $5000 for their services. She wouldn't have been able to raise that amount of money in the short window she had to file the challenge.

"My thing is, why should I have to get a lawyer to contest. It wasn't my mistake or neither my opponent's mistake. So why do I have to pay for a mistake that I didn't make," Joseph said.

The Evangeline Parish Registrar of Voters office acknowledges there was human error at the polls and they say it's been fixed for the future. As of right now, Joseph doesn't plan to fight what happened; but hasn't ruled out trying to run for a full term seat during the next election.

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