Recount Decision Expected Friday

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By WGXA Staff

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Updated: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:31:40 EST

A razor thin margin of 27 votes gave current Macon City Councilman Larry Schlesinger the District 2 seat aboard Macon-Bibb's consolidated government.

"The first election was close, we knew this election was going to be close, if not closer. We're just very grateful that we were victorious."

But Henry Ficklin wants a recount, citing the closeness of the District 2 vote totals.

"There were just too many glitches in this election to process even from the outset."

Schlesinger also acknowledges an election full of faults, but suggests a recount may not change much.

"I trust the numbers that came in to the board of elections and what was reported to the public. I haven't heard anything from the board that would indicate those numbers are going to change."

Redistricting was at the core of the problem according to Ficklin, who says he was facing an uphill battle.

"The lines were drawn to make it very difficult for me to be successful in this race. They were drawn with a specific person in mind and that specific person was my opponent."

Ficklin says he has been approached by more than 27 voters who say they ran into problems at the polls. One of our WGXA employees received this message via facebook saying that neither Ficklin or Schlesinger's names were on the district two ballot.

"An election more so than anything else should be fairly held because that is right at the heart of what our country stands for."

Election board member Ronnie Miley says as of now, the board has not been made aware of any of those complaints, but says they will be looked into. Meanwhile, Ficklin claims more absentee ballots were brought in and counted after his observer left the board of elections.

"We want to look at the count especially the absentee ballots, ask some questions about it and see what the outcome shows." -- Henry Flickin, District 2 Candidate

Meanwhile, Commissioner-Elect Schlesinger prepares to take his new post.

"We won the election. I'm just going to put things in place and move forward in that way and that direction."

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