Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin has filed a lawsuit challenging the outcome of the commission District 2 seat in the new consolidated government.
After a recount last week, certified election returns show Ficklin lost the District 2 seat to fellow Councilman Larry Schlesinger by 26 votes,
In the suit filed in Bibb County Superior Court Monday, Ficklin contends the election was filled with irregularities, misconduct and fraud.
Ficklin said problems existed "in counting runoff election absentee ballots by election officials sufficient to change or place in doubt the result."
Problems also existed, Ficklin said, in "the counting and receipt of absentee votes not containing the name of Petitioner (Ficklin) as a candidate for the District 2 seat sufficient to change or place in doubt the results..."
Moreover, Ficklin said, "the erroneous counting of in person ballots not containing the name of Petitioner as a candidate for the District 2 seat sufficient to change or place in doubt the result (of) the runoff election, where such errors, if corrected, would change the result of the election."
Ficklin filed the suit on his own behalf. He didn't list specific examples of the alleged problems in his suit. But he asked the court to void the election and prohibit Schlesinger from taking office until the court "can inquire into and receive evidence on the allegations set forth in this petition."
Ficklin said his name was left off more than 26 ballots. He named Schlesinger, elections supervisor Jeanetta Watson and the board of elections as defendants in the lawsuit.
Neither Schlesinger nor Watson could be reached for comment Tuesday morning. County Attorney Virgil Adams declined comment, saying he hasn't seen the suit.