The razor-thin outcome of the Milledgeville mayoral race got even closer when the votes were certified.
Challenger Mary Parham-Copelan defeated incumbent Mayor Gary Thrower by five votes, 833-828, when Baldwin Probate Court Judge Todd Blackwell certified Tuesday’s count late Wednesday. Tuesday’s tally had the vote at 833-827.
The only change from Tuesday was a provisional ballot cast for Thrower.
“In the end, that’s where it stands, and that’s what we certified,” Blackwell said. The vote “balances 100 percent.”
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Thrower has two business days to ask for a recount — that would be by end of the day Monday — but he has given no indication that he plans to do so, the judge said.
“We would gladly do it if he requests it,” Blackwell said.
Parham-Copelan is scheduled to take office in January.