Absentee controversy arises in Fort Deposit mayoral election

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Two candidates vying to be mayor of Fort Deposit, Ala. are headed to a run-off election.

Incumbent mayor Fletcher Fountain and Barry Robinson will square off again in early October after garnering less than 50 percent of vote during Tuesday’s municipal election.

According to AlabamaNews.net Robinson is now raising concerns about the number of absentee ballots that were cast in the August 23 election, saying the town is too small for there to be so many absentee ballots. He’s asking state officials to monitor the upcoming race.

Incumbent mayor Fountain is less concerned.

“Absentee ballots are valuable,” Fountain told AlabamaNews. “It give everybody a chance to vote. If you not going to be here and you want to come in and vote then you have a right to do it.”

The run-off is scheduled for Oct. 4.

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