Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 8:07 p.m.
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- NLV City Council meets to discuss special election (6-23-2011)
- Wagner sues North Las Vegas, tries to block new election (6-21-2011)
- New election ordered in NLV race separated by single vote (6-15-2011)
- Illegal ballot adds uncertainty to North Las Vegas council race (6-12-2011)
- NLV Councilman Richard Cherchio ousted by a single vote (6-7-2011)
- Unions target incumbent Richard Cherchio in NLV council race (5-28-2011)
The North Las Vegas City Council voted Thursday to hold a special election on July 19 in one precinct to determine the winner of the Ward 4 council seat.
The decision came more than a month after the Clark County Elections Department discovered an illegal ballot cast in Precinct 4306 in the general election between incumbent Richard Cherchio and Wade Wagner.
Wagner won the election by a single vote, 1,830 to 1,831.
Former North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon, who filed a lawsuit against the city last week that resulted in a temporary restraining to block a new election, was displeased with the council’s decision.
“They just landed themselves a long, drawn out process,” said Montandon. “They’re making decisions that cost them money, not me.”
But some residents of Precinct 4306, like Michele Hunter, believe the new election is necessary.
“We need to correct a wrong,” said Hunter. “It was unfortunate that it happened, but it did.”
Despite the council’s decision, Wagner said he is moving forward with his lawsuit against the city to block the special election.
“Ultimately a judge will make this decision, I’m sure,” Wagner said. “This disenfranchises all the other people that might not have voted in other precincts.”
Cherchio, who recused himself from the meeting, said he was happy with the council’s decision.
“Regardless of where you stand on it, there’s no way to track where that vote went,” Cherchio said. “I really think the only way you can resolve this is just to have a new election within that one precinct.”
Residents of Precinct 4306 should receive letters by July 5 informing them of the details of the new election.
It will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Sedway Middle School. Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11 through 15 at the Clark County Election Center.
The city must receive requests for absentee ballots by July 12. The form can be downloaded from the city’s website.