Mississippi election shows the power of a single vote

Published 9:30 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CALEDONIA (AP) — A mayor’s race in Mississippi is proof that every vote counts. Voters in the small town of Caledonia have chosen a new mayor by a one-vote margin, but only after a do-over election.

The June 6 election was counted three times, resulting in three different numbers in the town of about 1,000 residents.

The incumbent mayor, Bill Lawrence, had a one-vote lead in two of the counts, but tied with challenger Mitch Wiggins in the other. Officials set a new election amid questions about how an election commissioner had handled a ballot box.

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Local news outlets report that in the do-over election Tuesday, Wiggins defeated Lawrence by a single vote. Lawrence called the experience “more than surreal.” There was no immediate word on whether he would seek a recount.