Brundidge readies for two run-offs

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Troy City Council met Tuesday to canvass vote returns and certified that there were clear winners in the districts affected by the municipal elections. However, Brundidge’s vote canvass solidified that there will be two run-off races on the ballot in October.

In District 1 in Brundidge, neither incumbent Lawrence Bowden nor his challenger Betty Baxter received a provisional vote and remain tied with 81 votes.

In District 3 in Brundidge, Anthony Foster garnered one provisional ballot giving him 23 percent of the vote. Margaret Ross led that race with 81 votes and 47.9 percent of the votes.

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Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said that only votes in affected districts would be allowed to vote in the Oct. 9 election.

He also noted that candidates have 48 hours from the canvassing of the vote to petition for a recount.

Other race outcomes in Brundidge were unaffected by provisional vote counting.

In Troy, 13 of about 40 provisional ballots were counted and added to candidates’ vote totals, but none of the votes affected the outcome of the election.

City Clerk Alton Starling said there were a variety of reasons the other votes were not counted, including lack of voter identification presented with absentee ballots, criminal history of the voters and not being a registered voter.

The Troy City Council created a canvass resolution that announced Charles Dunn as the victor in District 1, Marcus Paramore the new council member for District 3 and Dejerilyn Henderson as the incoming council member for District 5.

New city officials will be sworn in on Nov. 5.