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District 45 Race Heads to Court (Nov 20, 2012)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Candidates in a close contest for a seat in the Oklahoma House are headed to a Cleveland County courtroom.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday on a petition that alleges 10 different irregularities in the Nov. 6 election for the house District 45 seat in east Norman.

Results of a court-ordered recount show Republican Rep. Aaron Stiles held a 16-vote margin over Democratic challenger Paula Roberts. But a petition filed by Roberts alleges the irregularities make it impossible to determine with mathematical certainty which candidate won the close race.

Among Roberts' allegations are that ineligible voters were allowed to cast ballots while some validly registered voters were not. Roberts also alleges that absentee ballots were improperly secured and that mistakes were made with both provisional ballots and voting machines.

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