Danville mayor decided by a single vote; Morrow mayor also decided by single vote

Photo courtesy of Adrian Pritchett

The election for Mayor of Danville, GA proves that every vote counts as the first contested election for Mayor in twelve years is decided by a single vote. The post, which pays $200 per month, was decided in a 49-48 final tally that put elected city council member Jimmy Smith as the next mayor against Donald Moore.

[UPDATE] J.B. Burke was also elected Mayor by a single vote, this time in Morrow, Georgia.

City officials revealed on Wednesday that Morrow mayoral candidates Joseph “J.B.” Burke and Jeffrey Allen DeTar finished tied, with 173 votes a piece, in the counting of regular ballots. One provisional ballot that could decide the entire election hung in the balance.

City officials did not release the voting results on election night, on the advice of the city’s legal counsel, because of the closeness of the vote.

The person who cast the provisional ballot provided proof of eligibility to vote in the election on Wednesday, however, according to City Manager Jeff Eady. That resulted in a new count of the vote Wednesday afternoon, and Burke was declared the winner, with 174 votes.

5 comments

  1. inlimine says:

    In Willacoochee, GA, the current Mayor (Lace Futch) received 199 votes to his opponent (Gary Hall’s) 196 votes. A 3-vote difference–and there are 3 provisional ballots not counted yet. The deadline to provide photo ID is Monday at 5:00 pm. Another example of every vote counting – and perhaps causing a new election if a tie is reached!

  2. SallyForth says:

    I guess we’ll have to do a hand recount in all these close races, like the state Constitution requires. Oh, that’s right – we cannot do a recount of any kind.
    With the Diebold laptops cyber voting and no paper trail, all we can get is a re-print of the same results, whether accurate or not. Every state in the country has dumped these flaky machines due to problems such as lack of security and inaccuracy, except Maryland and Georgia. We love our unaccountable election results and who needs to be able to check close election results by an honest-to-God recount?

    • Ken says:

      The paper trail is something that cuts across party lines. If there is a reason to be against a paper trail – other than cost – I have yet to hear it.

      • SallyForth says:

        You got that right, Ken. This is something that matters to every voter, no matter their politics. I believe we have a Constitutional right to one person, one vote – yet with these laptop voting machines, we have no way of verifying that our vote ever gets counted correctly, if at all.

        We get a paper printout every time we buy gas at the pump, buy groceries, use an atm, etc. Isn’t our right to vote and a guarantee of correct vote counting more important than any of those things? Attaching a peripheral printer to the laptop is not expensive, would give us a tangible printout of our vote to make sure the machine got it right, before we hit “send”. Then we drop that piece of paper into one of the old ballot boxes before we leave the precinct, so the Election Board has a copy of every vote and the ability to do an actual hand recount. Not to mention the ability of the SoS to do a random sampling of precincts or counties around Georgia to check the integrity of the election info that determines who governs us.

        Heck, we voters would be better off to go back to the old punch card ballots than the current cyber voting (cause everybody knows that computers never mess up, right?). Looking around the country, many states seem to be happy with optical scans, which some GA counties had before the state went 100% to Diebold – without even so much as a few counties doing some test elections first.

        Cost really should not be an issue when we are talking about the basis for our entire system of government – ensuring the accuracy of our election results. Without that, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, etc. of any political persuasion can trust the integrity of our voting.

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