Provisional votes may break tie for Clayton council seat

From Staff ReportsDecember 12, 2008 

— The Johnston County Board of Elections will meet this morning to count provisional ballots from Tuesday's Clayton Town Council election to determine whether they break a tie for one of the seats.

Incumbent Alex Harding and challenger Art Holder each got 245 votes. Election officials said the eight provisional ballots cast likely will decide the winner.

Butch Lawter received 257 votes Tuesday, taking the other open seat on the board. Alex Atchison earned 189 votes and Mike Starks 11, coming in fourth and fifth.

The election is a makeup for one that originally took place in November 2007, when Harding and Holder earned the most votes. Twenty voters used the wrong ballots during that election: Some Clayton residents were given county ballots, and some county residents voted on Clayton ballots.

The State Board of Elections called for another vote among the top three candidates because only Lawter had lost by a margin of fewer than 20 votes. Atchison, an incumbent who had come in a more distant fourth, also asked to be included.

The second vote was put off for more than a year as the candidates' complaints wound through the courts. A state appeals court ruling came too late for the election to be held in November.

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