The Bibb County Commission voted to set the Macon-Bibb elections for the consolidated government for November 5.
The tentative date will now go to the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections for approval. That group is scheduled to discuss it Thursday afternoon. They will also have to schedule dates to re-open qualifying. Bibb attorney Virgil Adams says that is likely to be set for the end of August.
The elections were put on hold last month, while the Department of Justice continued to look into why legislators decided to make the elections non-partisan and move them to July.
In a 3-2 vote Thursday morning, Commissioners Joe Allen and Gary Bechtel voted against the motion. Allen says he would prefer to have the elections as soon as possible, which is in September.
His motion failed with opposition from Chairman Sam Hart and commissioners Lonzy Edwards and Bert Bivins.
Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act allowed Bibb commissioners to set an election date without waiting for federal approval.
Until the ruling, Georgia was among states that had to submit changes in election law to the U.S. Justice Department for approval, called "preclearance."
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