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a man New Vote on Wood River Council Seat Special Election Called in Third Ward for May 18 Be R e c o u n t Is Refused Aldermen Hold Hearing, then Put Decision up < to the Voters the The near take Eielson they orders (Ice Green printed the to t Wood River held an election for alderman of the Third ward. One vote separated the contestants and one of them said if a certain peculiarly-marked peculiarly-marked ballot were counted the race would'have been a tie. He demanded a recount. Tuesday night the City Council held a hearing and after listening to attorneys for both sides called a new election in that ward, to be held on Friday, May 18. Today there was some talk that an injunction would be sought to restrain the city from holding the election, on the ground that thu council must decide the issue of the first election and that a second balloting balloting is a needless expense. The candidates were Louis Koennecker Koennecker and William Traband. On the fact of unofficial returns, Koennecker Koennecker was elected by 182 to 181. One ballot marked with a single ine, instead of an "X," and cast for lim, Traband said, 'and the result was a tic. He made the further allegation allegation that some votes were cast Illegally for his opponent. Battery of Motions Traband was represented by Howard Howard Gueltig, of the Edwardsville firm of Terry, Gueltig and Powell; and Koennecker was represented by Perry Hlles, of the firm of Hiles, Newell and Streeper, who was a recent candidate for the Republican Republican nomination for Congress. Gueltig demanded a recount, Hiles opposed such a course and maintained the City Council had no power in the case, but that .the County^Court was the proper place for the action. / J City Counsellor Manning said i the council, the legislative bofly of;! the city, was the sole judge .6jL of St. & all the all Q. the not be on Q. or two order annual on lodge interurban in- stops Uqn,Disqualification of Its 'menvr biers.'' ,The council is the body of final conclusion, he declared, and could take such action as it chose. There was a battery of motions. Alderman Schnauffer of the Second ward moved to declare Koennecker elected, but his motion got no second. second. Then Mr. Manning gave his opinion opinion as to tho powers of the council, and Koennecker asked the right to speak. Given the floor, he declared the second tally sheet had been copied copied wrong. New Election Called. Alderman Schnauffer then moved for a recount and this motion was lost by 5-3. Then Alderman Manley—who holds the Third ward seat over which thu contest was made, remaining in office

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 25 Apr 1928, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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