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Commission tosses results of Woodruff mayoral race

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Lisa White, who cam in second in the Woodruff mayoral race, is challenging the election results. (Nov. 9, 2012/FOX Carolina) Lisa White, who cam in second in the Woodruff mayoral race, is challenging the election results. (Nov. 9, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An election commission in Spartanburg County on Saturday tossed out the results of Tuesday's mayoral race in Woodruff, citing voting irregularities.

The results were contested earlier this week by Lisa White, who was among three candidates for the mayor's race in Woodruff, including Kenneth Gist and incumbent Mayor W. Brad Burnett.

White, who came in second behind Gist in Tuesday's election, said she believes people who were not eligible to vote in the race were allowed to cast a ballot. She said voting machines at some polling places displayed a ballot reserved for a Woodruff resident to voters who lived outside the town limits.

"I think that you deserve the right to vote," White said. "It's not only the mayors race that's affected, but there was also another contested council race."

A meeting with poll workers was held Thursday, according to White. She said that officials found there were irregularities at the polls on Election Day.

During a formal hearing at Spartanburg County Council chambers Saturday, officials ruled that a request for a new election will be sent to Gov. Nikki Haley. Now, the governor must approve the request and set a date for the new election.

Protesters at Saturday's meeting said the results of all Woodruff races should be tossed out. Officials said state law requires the protesters to file an appeal, which is followed by a meeting with election commissioners.

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