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Arthur says voters didn't know district

December 13, 2005

Albany -- Defeated Albany Commissioner Arthur Williams says some voters were erroneously told they weren't in the Ward Three, and therefore didn't vote.

Even so, Williams says he won't contest the race because it still wouldn't have been enough votes for him to defeat his challenger, Morris Gurr.

But Williams does want the city staff to make sure voters know in which wards they live. "When we draw these lines, we need to advertise and make sure the public knows where the division is," said Williams.

The Election Supervisor says she not aware of any problems regarding the ward lines, but she says voters aren't turned away at the polls. Instead if there's question about the ward they live in, they are allowed to cast a provisional ballot, which isn't counted until election official can figure out where they live, and if there properly registered to vote.

Williams, a 22 year incumbent, lost to Gurr by 178 votes.