District 3 Poll Watcher Accused of Campaign Improprieties

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Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:45:43 EST

A poll watcher at Bernd Elementary School in East Macon was asked to leave the polling place Tuesday, after being accused of campaigning inside the building for District 3 Commission Candidate Elaine Lucas.

Poll Manager Karen Parker says the woman showed up at the polling place around 8:30 a.m., and would chat with voters as they came to the polling place. Parker says talking to voters is against the rules for a poll watcher.

Parker says the woman was repeatedly asked to leave, and at one point went outside the school and removed campaign signs for District 3 Commission Candidate Terry Tripp. The Bibb County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the school, but the woman had left before deputies arrived.

Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson was not available for comment, but workers at the Bibb County Board of Elections say poll watchers are usually hired by individual campaigns, or political parties.

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