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Voting Continues Past Closing; Dozens Wait

10:52 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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Early voting for the Macon-Bibb consolidated elections officially closed at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening, but the last person in line didn't make it to the voting booth until around 7 p.m.

Several people told 13WMAZ they waited for more than an hour and a half at different times Friday.

The last voter out of the building told reporter Judy Le it was worth the wait to cast her vote, and she'd do it all over again, while others expressed frustration.

This is the first election for the Macon-Bibb consolidated government.

At stake are the office of mayor and nine commission seats.  The election is Tuesday, September 17.

The process has been marked by confusion over voter districts, which led to as many as 90 people voting in wrong districts.  That's according to the Bibb County Board of Elections.  That number is three times higher than previously thought.

Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson has acknowledged that at least 788 people were placed in the wrong districts.

As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, more than 74-hundred people had voted.  That does not include those still in line who were allowed in to cast their ballots.  A final count was not available.

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