Erie County Board of Elections files appeal over Cox ruling

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The Erie County Board of Elections has filed an appeal against a ruling in favor of Corry School Board member Amanda Cox.

Cox was left off November’s ballot due to a county clerical error, causing her to incur more than $7,000 in legal fees to be placed on the ballot.

The county refused to reimburse her, but District Judge Tom Carney ruled in early June that the county had to pay Cox.

The Board of Elections is appealing Carney’s ruling, saying they are not liable for legal fees.

Cox said she will file an objection to the county’s appeal.

“This is not about me,” Cox said. “It is about respecting the will of the voting public and taking responsibility for a self acknowledged series of errors and mistakes and not hiding behind government immunity.”

Paper ballots were printed with Cox’s name because the electronic machines could not be updated in enough time for the election. 

Cox earned an unofficial 1,167 votes from the three counties served by the Corry Area School District, beating out Steve Drake (964 votes) to be named to the board.

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