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Alabama: Hendricks contests Todd's victory

The Birmingham News reports: An Alabama Democratic Party committee has been asked to review the House District 54 runoff after the result was contested by the mother-in-law of Gaynell Hendricks.

Hendricks lost by 59 votes to Patricia Todd for the Birmingham seat in the July 18 election. Todd had 1,173 votes, 51 percent, to Hendricks' 1,114 votes, or 49 percent. There is no Republican candidate.

Mattie Childress, 76, a retired beautician, filed the contest with the state Democratic Party after office hours Thursday. She is the mother of former Birmingham City Councilman Elias Hendricks. ...

Among the claims in the contest is that "illegal votes were given" to Todd, that Todd did not file her report of contributions and expenditures with the secretary of state until July 17 and that Jefferson County elections officials "failed to follow proper chain of custody procedures when handling voting machine tabulations, tapes and voting machine memory cards." -- Hendricks' in-law contests vote

Disclosure: I represent Patricia Todd.

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