The council canvassed the official results of the election at the meeting, to establish new four-year terms for Mayor Milton Tate, Ward 2 Councilmember Albert Wright, and new Ward 4 Councilmember Adonna Saunders.
City Secretary Jeana Bellinger said the official canvass shows there were 1,841 ballots cast in the election, roughly 19 percent of the 9,600 or so registered voters in the city. She said this year’s election had better turnout than what has been seen in the past three elections, adding the city typically has 600 to 800 voters in a city election.
Despite the appeared increase in ballots cast, several councilmembers criticized the lack of turnout, with Councilmember Susan Cantey calling it “pitiful”. City Manager James Fisher said it’s “really sad” that people don’t vote anymore.
The council will meet again Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at City Hall, to issue certificates of election and administer oaths of office to the newly elected and re-elected officials.