Bibb Lawyer Prepares Response for Justice Department

6:06 AM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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Working to have an election as soon as possible, Bibb County Attorney Virgil Adams said Wednesday he hopes to satisfy the U.S. Department of Justice's request this week.

Adams said he met with seven of the eight members of the Bibb's state legislative delegation Monday to discuss the situation.

Last week, the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections postponed indefinitely the July 16 election for mayor and commissioners of the new consolidated Macon-Bibb County government.

The board took the action after the Justice Department requested additional information before deciding whether to approve shifting the election from November to July and making it nonpartisan.

Justice officials asked for more information on such things as emails, minutes of meetings delegation members had on the election and records of phone calls about the election.

Adams said Rep. Allen Peake couldn't attend Monday's meeting. But Adams said he expects to meet with Peake and get his input before Friday

After that, Adams said he'll provide the requested information that's available and explain why some of it doesn't exist.

The Justice Department has 60 days to make its decision after it receives the information Adams provides.

Adams said it shouldn't take Justice 60 days to decide the issue. So he plans ask for an expedited decision.

Because the new consolidated government is scheduled to take office January 1, Adams said, "We need to have an election as soon as possible."

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