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Springville Mayoral Dispute

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A small town election dispute made it all the way to the auditor's office in Cedar Rapids.

At issue is the razor-thin result from Novembers mayoral race in Springville

Today, accusations of improper actions at polling places received a formal hearing.

A three member election panel heard the case. Two of them were appointed by the mayor and his challenger then finally an attorney chosen by the district court to preside.

At the center of the trial is Beverly Franks one of the poll workers from the November 5th election. She says something unlawful happened that day

"He just said who do I vote for. They turned around. Like I said both their backs were to me and she was pointing at the paper, she said.

She's talking about Treva Davis, board president of the Springville Memorial Library.

"I just stood up and I said Treva you can't do that, she said.

Franks says she believes Davis told a voter to cast his ballot for the mayoral challenger Roger Shebetka, which is illegal.

Franks claims she reported the incident to the poll place chairperson, but nothing was done about it. Davis denies the incident.

Another alleged issue the panel is concerned about - a supposed email Davis sent to former library board members and potential voters urging them to vote for Shebetka.

"I was expressing my own opinion, Davis said.

Davis and Franks are two of seven witnesses to take the stand but more are expected to speak as well.

The trial will resume January 10th next year.

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