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Controversial Phenix City District 2 runoff certified

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

The special election in Phenix City for the District 2 city council seat is official today.

Vickey Carter Johnson took home the election with the official count being 430 votes, versus her opponent Baxley Oswalt's 263 votes.

People using business addresses versus where they live to register to vote brought about voter fraud allegations that consumed conversation leading up to election day. 

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe says the city did exactly what they needed to do when the fraud allegations were brought to their attention. “We followed the law to the letter, no one is above the law, this was not designed to call anyone out," Lowe said.

Now that the District 2 election is finalized,  Phenix City Police Chief Ray Smith says the time is now for an investigation into other districts to make sure fraud isn’t happening elsewhere in the city. Something city leaders say is up to the chief and others to handle. 

“The chief is going to do that. We as council members are going to have to kind of stay away from that," said Lowe.

Meanwhile, the winner, Vickey Carter Johnson, is pleased with her collection of more than 60 percent of the votes.

“The citizens spoke loudly for me to receive 430 votes and I thank them," Carter Johnson said.

As far as the District 2 winner's thoughts on voter fraud in the election, she says it is an ongoing process and is now in the circuit court and that she feels confident that will be something continued to be looked at in the court system.

Carter Johnson says she wants to listen to the people and continue developing the city. "We got the extension project for the riverfront I’m going to make sure that continues to grow. I can’t be more thankful to them, for the citizens of District 2 allowing me to represent them," Carter Johnson commented.

The swearing-in ceremony for Vickey Carter Johnson will happen on Jan. 4.      

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