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Where contestant did not validly serve notice of contest upon contestee within seven days after completion of canvass, as required by state, trial court properly dismissed the proceeding for want of jurisdiction. Id. Violation of statute regulating the conduct of an election is not fatal to the election in absence of proof that the irregularity affected the outcome or was produce of fraud or bad faith. Hahn v. Graham, 302 Minn. 407, 225 N.W. 2d 385 (1975). Must be a clear abuse of discretion to void election. Moulton v. Newton, Supra; Munell v. Rollette, 275 Minn. 93, 145 N.W. 2d 531 (1966). To sustain charge that contestee of election failed to make timely filing of financial statement, contestant must show that such omissions were deliberate, serious, and material violations of the provision of the election law. Moulton v. Newton, 274 Minn. 547, 144 N.W. 2d 706 (1966). In absence of affidavits district court did not acquire jurisdiction of election contest. Franson v. Carlson, 272 Minn. 376, 137 N.W. 2d 835 (1965). Notice of contest must state jurisdictional grounds, and a deficiency thereof cannot be supplied by amendment. Hancock v. Lewis, 265 Minn. 519, 122 N.W. 2d 592 (1963). The bare allegation that possible errors could have occurred in counting of ballots does not establish jurisdiction in election contest. Christenson v.
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