Long Reach vote-challenge evidence due tomorrow

May 20, 1999|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

The losing candidate in last month's race for the Columbia Council seat in Long Reach village has until tomorrow to provide documentation substantiating her allegation that the election was "tainted" and should be overturned.

Deborah Tolson, who lost to incumbent Cecilia Januszkiewicz by 13 votes in the April 17 election, has been asked by the Long Reach election committee to deliver evidence supporting her claim that residents were "unlawfully" turned away from the polls and that the voting logbook contained "address discrepancies" and "questionable highlighted segments."

Tolson did not return phone calls yesterday seeking comment.

Long Reach election committee officials have said they stand by the results of the election, in which Januszkiewicz received 214 votes to Tolson's 201.

Village attorney Thomas M. Meachum said yesterday that Tolson has yet to make her case to that body. "As far as I know, she's given us no information to substantiate any of those allegations," he said.

In an attempt to prevent Januszkiewicz from holding her seat on the 10-member council, Tolson filed a petition for injunction May 5 in Howard County Circuit Court naming the Columbia Association and the Long Reach Community Association as co-defendants.

The petition for an ex parte injunction -- in which the defendants would not be able to respond to Tolson's allegations -- was denied by Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr.

Meachum said the outstanding petitions for preliminary and permanent injunctions are not valid because Tolson served the defendants with the papers herself.

Meachum also said Januszkiewicz, who was not named as a defendant in the original petition, has filed a "motion to intervene," requesting that she be allowed to become a party to the case.

Januszkiewicz could not be reached yesterday.

The committee has two weeks to issue a report on its findings.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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