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Published July 18, 2011, 08:50 AM

Leech Lake tribal election results voided

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — An election judge for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has nullified Donald "Mick" Finn's election as secretary-treasurer in a June 28 special election.

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — An election judge for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has nullified Donald "Mick" Finn's election as secretary-treasurer in a June 28 special election.

The Pioneer newspaper of Bemidji reports (http://bit.ly/rjLAOF ) that election judge Heidi Drobnick ruled the results invalid Friday.

The vote had been certified by the General Reservation Election Board, which said Finn beat Donald "Donnie" Headbird by six votes out of about 2,200 cast.

But Drobnick found that Headbird had proved enough violations to warrant a new special election. He had alleged discrepancies at polling places, voter intimidation and the use of tribal program funds and gas vouchers to influence votes.

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