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Seat Pleasant Files for Cert on Runoff

It’s not just the presidential election that could be decided in court. The top two vote-getters in the hotly contested election for mayor of 5,500-person Seat Pleasant want the Court of Appeals weigh in on a race that was decided by just one vote.The city filed a petition yesterday in the state’s top court asking it to overturn a lower court ruling that would allow a woman turned away from the polls on election day to cast her vote now, possibly forcing a runoff.Thurman D. Jones Jr., who received 246 votes to incumbent Mayor Eugene F. Kennedy’s 247, has also petitioned the Court of Appeals to take the case, although he asked the judges to affirm the Prince George’s County Circuit Court’s decision.Brenda Brown Smith, whose name was inadvertently left off the voter registration list, told Jones that she would have voted for him in the Sept. 11 election.“Never before has a Maryland court ordered that a voter be allowed to cast a ballot after the conclusion of an election,” the city’s lawyer, Frederick C. Sussman, wrote in the petition. “Never before has a Maryland court granted relief in a contested election based upon a person’s post-election declaration of that person’s voting intent when that person was not allowed to vote on election day.”