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GOP committee says Chairman vote was valid

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Dee DeQuattro

The GOP credentials committee met last to hear a petition to disqualify both the process and some of the delegate voters who participated in the March 21 election for the new party chair.

The party determined that the delegate votes cast at the meeting of the State Central Committee a week ago were in fact valid.

Dr. Dan Harrop, who lost by one vote to Mark Smiley, complained that some of the votes cast during March 21 meeting were invalid. 10 members of the 11 member credential committee heard the complaint and testimony from other member of the Republican Party.

The committee determined that since the vote happened during a "meeting" and not a "convention different rules are imposed per the party's by-laws.

These findings will be formally reported at the continued meeting of the State Central Committee on April 2.

The GOP held the credentials meeting after Smiley prevailed over Harrop by one vote however one more delegate than was signed in voted. The delegate discrepancy was determined to be a human error and the delegate in question was found to be legitimate said the party in a Sunday press release.

Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.

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