One vote difference in Burke County

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Who says one vote doesn’t make a difference?

Don’t tell that to Barbara Hammett, executive director of the Burke County Board of Elections. Democrat Jim Martin out-polled U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss in her county by a vote of 2,533 to 2,532.

Percentage-wise, she noted, that’s 50.001 percent to 49.999 percent.

What would she say to people who think their vote doesn’t matter?

“I would say that happens lots of times, where a few votes – or one vote – make a difference.”

She said in the school board runoff between Lynn Crews and Barrett Wimberly, won by Ms. Crews, each candidate got 178 votes in one precinct.

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