Wiley 21 apr 1909

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Wiley 21 apr 1909 - DEADLOCK AT BEN BOW CITY POLLS, Election...
DEADLOCK AT BEN BOW CITY POLLS, Election Odicers Fail to Agree on Counting Ballots for « Village President. More exciting than the senatorial dcalock nt tho state capltol was the deadlock at Ucnbow City lust night and today, when the judgeH of election disagreed over the counting of ballots cast for .lainos Alroyd Tor village president and .loseph Biohler for trustee. The election jmlges wore A. 13. Henbow, and Wiley Ford on th« one 'nldo and John IJloom- fleld on the other. Hf.'iibow and Ford, who Is Renbow'g city marshafT declared that, inasmuch as they did not believe Alroyd was running for any office, their contention being there was no vacancy, it was unnecessary to count the voted cast for him. The same claim applied to Bk'hler who was running to fill a vacancy as village trustee. Bloomfield held out that the votes cast for the two candidates had to be counted. A. E. Bcnbow took possession of the ballots and said be would stay there all night. Bioomtlokl said he would stay with him, and would refuse to sign the election returns unless they also Included the vote on Alroyd and Blehler. The result was that the three election judges stayed all night In the polling place and were still there this morning.' Both, sides were declaring that they would not under any circumstances submit to the demands of the .other. •, Tills morning the election returns at Benbow City were signed up by TJenbow and . Ford, Bloomfield refusing to sign, and they were turned over to the village cjerk. It is stated that proceedings will be instluted against Benbow and Ford because

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 21 Apr 1909, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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