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In a rerun of last week's deadlocked race, residents of Quincy House last night elected Willie Gaffney '78 chairman of the Quincy House Committee.
Gaffney defeated Thomas M. Keane '78, 119-113.
The House Committee last week declared Keane the winner of the election by a margin of one vote, but the House secretary found an absentee ballot in her office the day after the election. The committee ruled the vote official, and this tied the final count between Gaffney and Keane.
Quincy House students voted again for House committee chairman during lunch and dinner yesterday.
"I'm not going to raise any fuss about it and the person who benefited from it won't either," Keane said yesterday.
"Why should I raise a fuss?" Gaffney said yesterday. "In my view, everything was perfectly legal," he added.
While approximately 190 people voted in the first elections, over 200 voted in yesterday's re-balloting, Hank Stewart '78, a voting registrar, said last night.
The re-vote "wasn't too much of an inconvenience," Steven A. Troyer '77, a Quincy resident, said last night.
A similar incident occurred at Quincy House in December 1976, when a clerical error forced the disqualification of all ballots and brought a re-vote in the election for a representative to the Committee on Houses and Undergraduate Life.
In that election, which took place during reading period, fewer students voted in the re-vote than in the initial election. The reduced turnout created a controversy over the election's final outcome.
Joseph E. Cooper '78 emerged the victor in the contest defeating Joseph F. Savage '77.
"We have a tradition of deadlocked elections at Quincy House," Keane said yesterday.
"I'm just glad this election's over," Marcy A. Shaffer '77, former Quincy House Committee chairman, said last night.
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