State to investigate Warner Robins election complaints

State investigating possible election law violations in Warner Robins

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office says they're investigating a complaint about this month's Warner Robins city election.

Spokeswoman Candice Broce says the complaint is listed in the category "Ballot Format," but she declined to give further details. 

She said the complaint was filed Nov. 16, nine days after the election. She could not give a time table for resolving the complaint.

Broce said complaints can come from voters, elected officials, the public, or from their own investigators who see problems while out in the field.

Investigators will interview people and collect evidence on the complaint and turn their findings over to the state board.

On Tuesday, WMAZ spoke to all three voters who said they sent in complaints to the state. Wally Hinton and Ed and Susan Moberg say they filed their complaints in the days following the election. 

"My options for mayor were Mayor Toms and Chuck Shaheen who was running against him, they were the only two choices for mayor that I had," Hinton claimed in the Mobergs' kitchen. 

He said the three all realized there was an issue after they discussed their individual election experiences after November 7th. 

None of the three registered a complaint with polling place volunteers while actually voting. Hinton voted October 20th, the Mobergs voted on Election Day, November 7th. 

Ed Moberg claims his only options were Chuck Shaheen and Council Post 1 candidate Eric Langston. His wife, Susan, claimed she didn't notice a problem with the council section, but only was able to choose between Randy Toms or Chuck Shaheen for mayor. 

The two said they didn't realize there was an issue until after they voted and were discussing it in their car, then Ed Moberg said he called the state a few days later. 

The state board could vote to take no action, or refer the matter to the attorney general's office for possible prosecution, or take some other action, like advising local election officials.

For example, at their September meeting, the state elections board voted to send a "letter of instruction" to Houston County elections officials about a voter-ID complaint. The minutes of the meeting do not describe the complaint.

Broce said the state board has opened 78 investigations this year.

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