State Investigator Will Look At Consolidated Election Problems

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Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 11:03:42 EST

A state investigator will meet with the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections supervisor Jeanetta Watson Thursday to discuss the problems so far encountered in the consolidated election.

As WGXA reported last week, roughly 800 voters were registered in District 3 instead of District 2 and 17 people cast the wrong ballot. Now, Watson says 16 District 6 voters were given a District 7 ballot and 12 people in District 4 received ballots for District 8. A problem Watson says is due to the 10 year census and redistricting for this election from four districts to nine.

"In the process of moving them back and forth from system to system there were some data entry errors that occurred and this is something that happens frequently with counties after redistricting," she said.

Watson says the districts now seem sorted out. But District 3 candidate, Elaine Lucas who never wanted a September election in the first place, is now asking for it to be delayed.

"We need to simply start over assure voters, end new voter cards with the correct information, the correct audited information by an outside third party and then we can proceed with a November election," Lucas said.

However some mayoral candidates are against pushing the election back as well as District 6 candidate Robert Abbott who may who may have been impacted by the mistakes

"I'm ready to get this election over with," Abbott said.

More than 3,600 people have cast their ballot in the election so far.

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