Turnout is light in District 2 special election

wmarshall@macon.comJanuary 14, 2014 

Voter turnout is light in Tuesday’s District 2 election in Macon.

Former Macon City Council members Larry Schlesinger and Henry Ficklin are battling to become the District 2 representative on the new Macon-Bibb County Commission.

But an election in the middle of January isn’t drawing droves of voters to the polls. Just 106 voters had cast ballots at the Memorial Gym precinct by 3 p.m., and only 79 voters had done so at Bruce Elementary School by then.

During the early voting period, just 402 residents of District 2 showed up to vote.

Tuesday’s vote marks the third time residents will try to choose between Schlesinger and Ficklin. Schlesinger initially took a plurality of votes during September’s special election in a race with Ficklin and candidate Paul Bronson. Then, he appeared to have won October’s runoff by 26 votes. But Ficklin challenged the election results, noting that some residents were given incorrect ballots, and a judge called for a new election.

Voting ends at 7 p.m. in the six District 2 precincts, which includes three split precincts.

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