Official Atlanta Mayoral Runoff Results


Madison Jackson, Writer

The Dec. 5 mayoral race between two city council members has seen a campaign marked by political grudges and allegations of corruption.

The vote tallies for the runoff election in the Atlanta mayoral race are now official. But several people confronted Fulton County election officials, saying members of the public were prevented from observing as votes were counted after the polls closed. They said officers aggressively obstructed them and threatened them with arrest. Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron said that it happened in public view and that the people who claimed obstruction were¬†disruptive.The secretary of state’s office has opened an investigation into public access to voting tabulation in Fulton County, spokeswoman Candice Broce said. Since the votes were so close Mary Norwood, the trailing candidate, said she plans to ask for a recount.”It is absolutely imperative that we take a look at every single ballot,” Norwood said.

Norwood previously ran for mayor in 2009, when she lost to Mayor Kasim Reed. She requested a recount in that race, but it only produced one additional vote for her. If Bottoms’ victory holds through a recount, she would be Atlanta’s sixth consecutive black mayor since Maynard Jackson was elected to the office in 1973.Norwood would give the city, its first white mayor in more than 40 years and its first-ever white, female mayor.