Boonville judge rules in favor of special election for city council primary

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BOONVILLE, Ind (WEHT) – Voters in Boonville will have a special election this year.

People went to the polls in May to nominate candidates for city offices, but a judge has thrown out results from one of those races due to several errors within the system.

Chad Pryor and his attorney say they are relieved a judge ordered a special election to take place in the Boonville. Election night totals show Pryor losing to Steven Byers.

However, Pryor says his vote along with a few other people, were not counted correctly election night. He also says some voters were sent to the wrong location to vote, making those votes inaccurate.

Pryor says that lead to incorrect election night results.

“We knew something just wasn’t right,” says Pryor.

“He came to me and asked about what came to be done to make sure this was counted right. “so we investigated it and determined it was best to file an election contest,” says attorney Warren Mathies.

According to court documents, poll books did not accurately reflect the map of which people should vote in each district.

The ruling also says there were other mistakes in district four’s electronic voting system.

“That caused some confusion and concerns amongst people in the community.”

“There were a lot of unanswered questions that went towards our favor.”

Pryor and his attorney say they were not sure about the outcome of the case, but they are happy the judge ruled in their favor.

“I think the judicial system or the judicial branch of government is unknown by a lot of people and I think this case is an example of the system working. Sometimes it takes a while but the system usually works and justice prevails,” says Mathies.

“It wasn’t being a sore loser yo know it wasn’t being anything like that. I didn’t file this to change the outcome of the election. I did this to make it right. It was brought to my attention that this wasn’t the first time that this has happened. It’s a matter of just..we have the technology to make things right it shouldn’t be one person off. It really shouldn’t.” says Pryor.

A special election is scheduled for September 10 to determine which candidate will be the party’s nominee.

Eyewitness News attempted to contact Steve Byers for this story, but our calls were not returned.

The Warrick County election board will meet Friday at 10:00 where it is expected to discuss more details of the special election.

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(This story was originally published on July 18, 2019)

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