Judge Says City Election Ballots Can Be Counted

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ballots in the tiny industrial city’s first contested election in 25 years could be counted later this week, a judge ruled Monday.

The ballots had been sequestered at City Hall for more than six months as city officials fought in court to invalidate the election that was forced by three people who unexpectedly moved in January into the city of only 91 residents.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled that the ballots -- all absentees -- could be counted.