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1-vote election finally settled

February 28, 2007

Dawson --  A Dawson election challenge is finally decided just nine months before the councilman's two-year term ends.   Judge Harry Altman ruled in favor of Charlie Sanders who won his race by one vote.

He beat Ward 5 incumbent Carolyn Allen 100 to 99 in November 2005. Allen challenged the results, claiming a convicted felon was wrongly allowed to vote. Judge Altman initially dismissed the suit, but the state Supreme Court ruled he must have a full hearing. He did that late last year, and now finally issued a decision.

"Under Georgia law, election results are presumed valid," said Sanders' Attorney Maurice King. "So the contestant had the burden to prove that the results were invalid and in this case, the Judge basically found that the contestant did not prove that the results of the election were invalid."

Sanders has held the seat pending the outcome of the hearing. He plans to run for re-election this November.

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