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F Manning - (Established January 20,1836) Wood River...
(Established January 20,1836) Wood River Council to Pick Winner Court Rules Aldermaiiic Contest Be Decided without Election Writ Barred Election *"oundl Had Decided on Vqte as Best Way Out of Tangle Wood River's City Council to3ly fouafl itself faced with the task of deciding the successful candidate in ••.the Third ward aldormanic election, Jitter 'It had decided on a, special • election as the easiest way out of a ^tangled situation. The situation Is back where it was when the contest first was brought, as a result of a decision Friday of Circuit Judge Brown, who ordered a-, writ of mandamus mandamus that the council declare one of the candidates elected. A special meeting of the council wil, be held Monday night, .before the regular meeting, when brie of the other candidates probably -will be declared elected. Louis Koennecker and William Traband were the candidates for alderman alderman in the April 7 election. The unofficial count showed Koennecker with 182 votes and Traband with 181. Traband insisted that the vote of one person for him was not counted because only part of the "X" was written on the ballot. To have counted that vote, s - which rightly should have been done, Traband claimed, would have made the election election a tie. Further, he maintained, several votes, were cast illegally by persons not residents of the ward. Hc claimed, too, that the flrst count of ballots by the judges sh6wed each candidate with 181 votes. When the regular council meeting was held, at which votes are canvassed, canvassed, the council voted to seat aldermen aldermen from all wards save the third, nnd set a special meeting for hearing hearing the claims of the candidates. Traband demanded a recount. The special meeting was held and the two contestants were represented by counsel. Traband demanded a recount. Koennecker denied the right of the council to act, maintaining, througii.^liis i, attorney,, that the Manning, i citing the constitutional provision that every legislative body Estate, national and local— is the sole judge of the election and qualification qualification of its members, gave it as his oplnoin that the council could make such disposition as it pleased. - So the City Council, placing on this broad interpretation, called a special election for Friday, May 18, ordering the same judges and clerks to serve. Then Koennecker filed suit for mandamus farcing the council to decide decide the issue and two of his friends, James Green and J. B. Frederick, nsked an injunction restraining the city from holding the special election. election. The injunction was granted April 27 and Friday ordered the mandamus. So the contest is back in the City Council—temporarily at least. •yllle was Joe Was Chairman cannot the the that Alton city he care that .left the Four pr indicated M. asked for until objectors check opposed not The other, The last a be set agreement, trials wi?l in the one Edith ground sto Goring Catherine ground Butler ot The of H. In

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 05 May 1928, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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