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Macon Lawmakers Respond To Feds' Inquiry

Updated: 2 years ago.
A state lawmaker says elections for Macon-Bibb County's consolidated government will likely be held in November after the Department of Justice halted a non-partisan election scheduled for mid-July. Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, of Macon, called the federal action a delay tactic Wednesday. (Photo Courtesy of C. Smith via Flickr.)

A state lawmaker says elections for Macon-Bibb County's consolidated government will likely be held in November after the Department of Justice halted a non-partisan election scheduled for mid-July.

Republican state Rep. Allen Peake, of Macon, called the federal action a delay tactic Wednesday. Peake says the delegation's legislative counsel said non-partisan elections were conducted during summer primaries, and officials were unaware that non-partisan elections could also be held in the fall.

Georgia's elections are federally supervised to combat discriminatory elections practices. Federal officials are probing whether summer elections would have had a disparate racial impact on voter turnout.

Peake says officials are asking for lawmakers' notes on discussions on the planning of the election. Peake says that could be a problem because most meetings were informal, and minutes weren't recorded.

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