HAGERSTOWN -- A count of 190 absentee ballots Thursday changed the outcome of Tuesday's Hagerstown City Council election.
Republican Forrest W. Easton had trailed Democrat David A. Lidz by six votes for the fifth and final spot on the council after ballots cast at the polls Tuesday were counted. Easton finished six votes ahead of Lidz after the absentee ballots were tallied Thursday at the Washington County Board of Elections office.
Easton received 1,449 votes to 1,443 for Lidz, officials announced. Easton picked up 84 absentee votes compared to 72 by Lidz.
Easton could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Lidz said he would not ask for a recount.
"Hagerstown has spoken, and Hagerstown has said they want to know me a little better before they put me in a position of public trust," Lidz said. "Forrest is an excellent candidate. He will make an excellent councilman."