Bibb County officials are trying to sort out some confusion over who lives in which district.
Jeanetta Watson, county election supervisor, said 788 people who live in District 3 got voter cards in the mail saying they live in District 2.
Election officials believe 17 of them have voted in the wrong district in this month's early voting for the new consolidated county commission, she says.
She said it's not possible to separate out those ballots and let those people vote again.
The matter came to light after two candidates, Larry Schlesinger and Paul Bronson, notified the board of elections.
Elections board member Ronnie Miley says they've turned the matter over to the county attorney, Virgil Adams, for advice on how to straighten out the matter.
"We don't know exactly what we're dealing with, but we're trying to be open," he said.
Macon City Council member Nancy White says she tipped officials off to the problem after her parents, who live in District 3, got an automated call from a District 2 candidate, Henry Ficklin.
They learned that election officials placed them in the wrong district. They eventually voted in the right race, District 3.
But White says she's unhappy that her aunt and uncle, who live on the same east Bibb County street as her parents, were allowed to vote in the wrong race. That happened even after election officials were notified of the foul-up, she said.
Bronson released this statement Thursday afternoon:
"In regards to the current situation with roads and addresses being listed in the wrong district, I am overly concerned with the process to which the voters will be notified and given the opportunity to vote again. I am still confident in our state and local boards of elections to see to this issue being handled in the proper manner. Though it may seem like a small problem, we all know that small things add up. In my mind, this can be an easy fix; however, some things are easier said than done.
"I hope that the board would notify those voters who fell into this mishap, and provide the proper instruction to allow them to exercise their right to vote. Mistakes like this should not be allowed at this stage of an election, and I would call for a review for ALL district lines to be identified clearly and accurately. We can NOT start this new government out in 2014 with the same old mistakes. Something has got to change if we plan to move this city forward!"
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