Williams has acknowledged his office made mistakes after a box containing 60 absentee ballots was discovered two days after the Nov. 6 election. However, after those ballots were counted, the 18-vote margin was unchanged.
Schumacher will hear arguments in the petition for irregularities on Tuesday, and one possible outcome could be that she orders a new election.
“You either have a winner or you have a new election,” said Assistant District Attorney Carol Dillingham, who represents the election board in the hearings.
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