The city of Stockbridge has notified Henry County and state officials of alleged voting irregularities after receiving complaints from residents voting early in the south metro Atlanta community this week.
In a press release late Tuesday, City Attorney Mike Williams said a resident reported getting the wrong ballot when she went to cast her vote while another alleged that her preferred gubernatorial choice was not recorded by a voting machine.
“The city has notified the Henry County Elections superintendent and has asked for an investigation and audit of the ballots,” Williams said in the release. “Additionally, the city has notified the Secretary of State’s Office and asked it to look into these matters.”
Henry County Elections Director Tina Lunsford said the resident who received the wrong ballot was quickly given the proper one after the issue was brought to the attention of elections officers. The voter then cast a ballot and left without further incident.
“This voter was supposed to see the new referendum question (on Eagle’s Landing cityhood) on her ballot ...and, doing the right thing, she said ‘Wait a minute, I think I have the wrong ballot,” Lunsford said.
“The poll worker who did it was a long time poll worker and she felt horrible about (giving her the incorrect ballot),” Lunsford added.
Eagle’s Landing, a well-heeled community in the south end of Stockbridge, is hoping to secede from Henry’s largest city in a referendum vote Nov. 6.
Williams encouraged voters to notify election officials if they have concerns about receiving the correct ballot before leaving the polling location.
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