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Another hiccup for District Two election?

When a judge ordered a new election for District 2 last month, he also ordered officials to send notices out to all voters in that district.

Early voting started last week, but the notices didn't go out until yesterday.

Election Superintendent Jeanetta Watson said Friday that her office mailed out the required written notices to all District 2 voters Thursday ahead of Tuesday's election.

Voters are expected to settle the District 2 runoff between Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger, nearly four months after the initial vote.

In December, Judge Stephen Boswell verbally told election officials to send notices to District 2 voters. But his written order does not mention that, or say when those notices should be sent.

Ficklin was upset Friday that the notices were sent out so late, after the start of early voting.

Boswell ordered the new runoff after Ficklin filed a complaint saying some November voters were given ballots for another district.

Jared Thomas, spokesperson for the Secretary of State's office, says Bibb County's Election Office was updating current voter information as of Friday, January 3rd. The state generates official labels for election mailings, but could not do that until all the information was received from Bibb County.

Thomas says their office quickly turned around that information and sent labels to Bibb County Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Watson said they received them Thursday and sent out notices the same day. Ficklin said some voters were just receiving the notices Friday.

Election day for the District 2 re-vote is Tuesday, Jan. 14, but early voting ends Friday at 5:30 p.m.


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