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Vernon City Council election results could be tossed

The outside of the Vernon Civic Center is seen in this file photo.

October 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Vernon is facing allegations of voter fraud after a retired judge found a city council candidate who at first lost a recent election may have actually won.

Voters cast their ballots on June 5. Candidate Reno Bellamy had received 30 votes for the City Council seat, and Luz Martinez received 27.

But after an investigation, retired judge Debra Wong Yang concluded seven votes were invalid; five voters were not city residents and two others did not mail in their ballots properly.

The tossed votes make Martinez the winner. However, Yang's findings still need to be approved by the City Council.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.