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Upon receipt of contestant’s valid written statement and fee, the Election Board shall review the allegation and may conduct a recount of the votes for the particular office, investigate the matter, or conduct a hearing. All candidates shall be contacted regarding the contest. All candidates shall be provided with notice and a copy of a contestant’s written statement and notice of any hearing to be convened.

When any election is contested on the ground of misconduct of the Election Board, or any member thereof, the election shall not be annulled or set aside upon any proof thereof, unless the misconduct was such that it changes the result of the election. An election shall not be set aside due to illegal votes, unless it appears that the number of illegal votes changes the results of the election.

All contests shall be resolved prior to posting the official certification of election results. In all cases, the decision of the Election Board shall be final. [Ord. 56 § 4904, amended, 5/9/2019; Ord. 42 § 4904, adopted, 3/4/2015.]