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Anaconda School District Finds Misplaced Ballots

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The Anaconda School Board meets for an emergency meeting to tally 55 uncounted ballots from last year's election.

They're counting 55 votes from last year's school board election that were found last month.

"This is one group of ballots, there are a number of ballots that go up there and come back,” said Superintendent Tom Darnell. “They went up and for whatever reason they got misplaced at the county courthouse and never got returned to the school district. They were discovered a year later in court."

Last year's school board election was won by Mike Huotte.

Huotte won by 24 votes over Angela Galle.

The board is counting the lost ballots to see if Galle actually won the race.

"Angela Galle would have to make up 24 votes plus match Mr. Houtte one for one with every vote he gained and then exceed that total," Darnell said.

The irony of it all, Galle was elected to the board this year.

If the 55 votes give Galle last year's win, the board will need to figure out what to do.

"We would have to ask an attorney to see what kind of an effect it would have on last year's election,” said Darnell. “I can't speculate on what that would be without getting an opinion from the Montana School Board Association legal department."

Doctor Darnell says he doesn't expect the 55 ballots to give Galle the win.

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