More Problems With District Voting in Bibb County | News
The Secretary of State's office has launched an investigation into on-going problems in Macon and Bibb County.
Spokesman Jared Thomas confirmed Wednesday that the investigation is in its early stages. He said officials want to know what caused the problems.
Meanwhile, Thomas said state officials continue working with local board of election officials to correct the problems. They're hoping to have a safe and secure election Sept. 17.
His comments came a day after new reports of confusion over the voting districts and a couple of days after the district problems prompted commission candidate Elaine Lucas to ask that voting be stopped, voters in another area found themselves listed in the wrong district.
This time, it happened to James Turner and his wife who live in District 6 on Dixon Road in west Bibb County. Last week, it involved voting in Districts 2 and 3 in east Bibb.
On Tuesday, Turner said he detected the problem two weeks ago when he learned election officials had him living in District 7. Turner said he pointed it out to the officials who checked into the situation and later told him the problem had been corrected.
But when the Turners went to vote Tuesday morning, their ballots contained the District 7 candidates.
Turner said he again discussed the problem with election officials who changed the couple's ballots to District 6, enabling them to vote in the proper area.
Elections supervisor Jeanetta Watson said election officials worked through the weekend to correct problems. They were still making corrections Tuesday morning when the Turners voted.
"The state put all of the correct streets in the correct districts when we asked them to do that," Watson said. "That should have been done by this morning. He may have come in while they were still making the changes, but they have been done."
Lucas aid the latest glitch shows that the election should be put on hold. She said an independent third party should review the districts and certify that they are correct.
"I want the election halted so that we can work on this thing and make sure that everybody is in the right place, make sure that we as candidates know who our voters are," Lucas said.
Watson said part of the problems stemmed from the county maps that were provided to the elections office. All of the streets weren't listed on the maps and that contributed to the problem.
She said election officials will continue reviewing and correcting problems when they're found. She also said she turned the Lucas letter over to County Attorney Virgil Adams for review and advice.
She hasn't heard from Adams, Watson said.