Officials moved a step closer to having the Macon-Bibb government elections Sept. 17.
Ronnie Miley, a Democratic member of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections, said the boarded voted 3-1 Monday to ask a federal judge to sign off on the September election.
Miley said the election officials embraced a proposed consent agreement that if U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal agrees would settle the federal lawsuit brought by Mallory Jones, a candidate for the District 4 seat on the new commission.
Jones filed the suit last month asking for a federal court order establishing non-partisan elections on Sept. 17. Jones also asked the court to deny the requirement for a new candidate qualifying period.
In exchange for getting the Sept. 17 non-partisan elections, Miley said Jones agreed to drop the candidate qualifying period from the suit.
The election board originally set the new qualifying period Aug. 5-7. But under the proposed agreement, Miley said the board would hold qualifying July 22-24.
Miley said officials hope the matter will go before the federal judge this week. Miley cast the dissenting vote in the board's 3-1 decision to support the consent agreement.
He did so, Miley said, because he's opposed to non-partisan elections and having them in September instead of November.