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Dawson Council race still undecided

January 12, 2007

Dawson-  A judge in Terrell County said he needed more information before he could decide whether to order a new election in a race disputed more than a year ago, he failed to get that information again Friday. 

Charlie Sanders won the Ward 5 Dawson City Council race in November 2005 by one vote over Carolyn Allen.  Allen claims election workers wrongly allowed a convicted felon to vote.  Judge Harry Altman initially dismissed the case, but the Georgia Supreme Court ordered him to hold a hearing.

Both side met again Friday, Sanders camp asked for the hearing to be dismissed, while Allen's council said the records show a felon voted and if the records are wrong then the results should be thrown out.  

"They had the burden, the whole problem with the case is they did not meet their burden and what the court is doing, the court is giving them the opportunity to prove, to meet their burden," said Attorney Maurice King.

"The evidence is conclusive and unless Mr. Sanders council can show that somehow the results or the documents that are already in evidence are not then we have to live with that," said Attorney Kim Minix.

If documents aren't valid, then Allen's camp claims they ought to be thrown out anyway. Judge harry Altman left the record open for 30 days to get a certified copy of the ballot. He won't rule on the case until he's seen the ballot.

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