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One wins, one loses right to register in Williamsburg

A College of William and Mary student won the right Friday to file for the Williamsburg City Council race after a judge ruled in his favor, but a second student was rejected by the same judge.

Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court Judge Samuel Powell ordered the city's voter registrar, R. Wythe Davis, to allow Luther Lowe to file for the May 4 election. ...

But Powell said Lowe's contract with the Virginia National Guard was evidence of his intention to stay in the area indefinitely, qualifying him to vote here. ...

The judge ruled against Serene Maria Alami, however. Alami, 20, a junior from Roanoke majoring in sociology and religion, testified that she also planned to stay in Williamsburg indefinitely and hopes to attend law school at W&M.

She conceded that she would have to move out of her dorm at the end of the semester, but said she hoped to find an internship in Williamsburg and rent an apartment. She acknowledged that she might accept an internship elsewhere.

Powell said that didn't meet the standard of intending to stay indefinitely. -- One W&M student wins vote chance; 2nd turned down (Hampton Roads Daily Press)