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October 16, 2006

Dawson --  A state supreme court ruling may result in a new city election in Dawson.  

A city council race last November was decided by one vote. Carolyn Allen challenged Charlie Sanders' victory after she said several ballots were cast by illegal voters.

The trial court threw out Allen's appeal, saying she should have challenged the voters' status before the election.

Dawson's City attorney, Tommy Coleman, said the next step is a hearing, which could lead to a new election.  "Could the change have affected the election? And obviously, if any one of these people is proven to have been an ineligible voter, then it would change the election, because the difference was only one vote," Coleman said.      

Sanders has been serving on the Dawson council.

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