Ga. Sec. of State Sending Polling Monitors to Bibb

7:40 AM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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The Georgia Secretary of State's says they'll be sending staff members on Tuesday to visit polling places in Macon and Bibb County.

That's after some foul-ups with voters being placed in the wrong districts and being given the wrong ballots.   The Secretary of State's office says it's investigating.

Macon and Bibb are holding the first election for the consolidated government -- a mayor and nine commissioners.

For the past week during early voting, poll workers have had to check every voter's address against the district maps. That caused long lines and long delays.

Thursday morning, though, most voters told 13WMAZ's Tom George they were in line only around 15-30 minutes.

Once their addresses were checked, no one reported having an issue with an improper district.

Poll workers have a large county-wide map on the wall, as well as 9 more detailed maps for each district in the back of the Board of Elections office to check addresses.

Board member Ronnie Miley says they won't need to make those map checks on Tuesday, because he says their computerized voting lists are all straightened out.

"As we check the maps here, we're finding out that our corrections have been made," Miley says.

But just in case, he said, voters who think they've gotten the wrong ballot should notify a poll worker immediately before casting their vote.

More than thirty people who already voted in the improper districts will be unable to change their vote or re-vote.

Follow 13WMAZ's Tom George on Twitter @thetomgeorge

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