LISBON – An inspection Thursday of ballots cast for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in Saturday’s municipal election resulted in no change.

The inspection was requested by former Selectman Layne Curtis who lost the election to Paul Chizmar by one vote, 192-191. The inspection, which took less than an hour, was held at the town office.

After reviewing the ballots, Curtis said he was satisfied with the count, saw no irregularities and shook hands with Chizmar, who was then sworn into office by Town Clerk Twila Lycette. Curtis, who ran for both selectman and School Committee in the election, won the latter race with 226 votes, but had not taken the oath of office pending the outcome of the inspection.

Lycette then administered the oath of office to Curtis as a member of the School Committee. Although he ran for both positions, the two offices are, by state law, incompatible, and if he had won both seats he would have had to make a decision on which seat to accept because he couldn’t have held both positions simultaneously.

Also present for the inspection in addition to the election workers were Town Manager Curtis Lunt and Town Attorney Roger Therriault.


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