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.