One Corry Area School Board member wins her case against Erie County after a ballot error last November.
Judge Thomas Carney ruled in favor of Amanda Cox for more than $7,000 — the full amount she was asking for after incurring legal fees fighting to be put back on November’s Corry School Board ballot.
Erie County admitted an error in the elections office occurred that left Cox off the ballot in the November election.
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.
Erie County subsequently refused to reimburse Cox’s legal fees and said they are not financially responsible.
County Solicitor Thomas Talarico said there is no statute in place that allows or entitles someone to collect attorney fees.
Talarico believes the county will appeal Carney’s decision.
The county has 30 days to appeal Friday’s decision.
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