Early Voting For Runoff Starts Oct. 5 | News
Confusion over absentee and early voting counts shouldn't be an issue in the Oct. 15 runoff for mayor and four commission seats, an election official said Wednesday.
Steve Allen, vice chair of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections, said those ballots would be the among the earliest counted after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Allen said the board's discussing the situation with county technical officials to make sure the absentee and early voting tallies aren't mixed in with totals from the 40 precincts.
Meanwhile, Allen said the board scheduled Saturday, Oct. 5, as the weekend day for early voting in the runoff. It'll be held at the elections board office on Pio Nono Avenue.
Allen said the board also scheduled Oct. 7 - 11, the week before the election, for early voting.
In other matters, Allen said the board denied unsuccessful candidate Robert Abbott's request for a recount of the votes in the District 6 commission contest.
Abbott asked for a recount after dropping from a potential runoff candidate to a third-place finish in the four-person field. Abbott had been in second place until the absentee and early votes were tabulated.
Councilman Ed DeFore and former Macon finance director Adah Roberts meet in the District 6 runoff. The other candidate was Chhor Chav.
In his request for a recount, Abbot said because of district line confusions, some District 6 residents ended up voting in District 7. Abbott said that could've made the difference.
Roberts received 62 more votes than Abbott.