The results of a Branchville town council election have been thrown out.
Voters in Branchville must return to the polls in February.
The local election commission voted unanimously Friday to invalidate the town's Nov. 3 election and order a new one for all six town council members.
The commission found the town did not get pre-clearance from the U.S. Justice Department to change council members' terms from two years to four.
County election board director Howard Jackson says Branchville has submitted plans to the Justice Department for four-year, staggered terms.
The decision came after an unsuccessful candidate challenged the results.