Judge Orders Pike Co. Commissioner to Vacate Seat

TROY, Ala. (AP) - A judge has ordered a Pike County commissioner
to vacate her seat after nearly a year in office because she won with absentee ballots found to be illegal.

The Troy Messenger reports that Circuit Judge Joel Holley, who presided over the case, declared Oren Fannin the winner of the November 2008 election. The judge, in Thursday's ruling, ordered Commissioner Karen Berry to vacate her seat.

Berry initially won by a six-vote margin, but Fannin filed suit in December 2008, alleging her win came with illegal votes. Holley's ruling said 10 illegal absentee ballots were cast for Berry in the election, including one by Berry's son, Brent Berry, and another by former daughter-in-law Ashley Berry.

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