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.
In a letter obtained by GPB Tuesday, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice said they don't have enough information to decide whether new voting procedures in Macon and Bibb County violate the Voting Rights Act.
As Macon and Bibb County voters get ready to elect their first-ever consolidated government July 16, one expert thinks they may have to update their calendars — federal authorities could delay the elections under the Voting Rights Act.
The deadline for federal authorities to stop controversial changes to election law in Macon and Bibb County has been greatly extended, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the community's most important local election in decades.
The state Senate tabled a bill Wednesday that would change the makeup of the Fulton County Commission. Democrats argue the measure is part of a wider GOP effort to assert more control over districts with predominantly black voters.
Legislation that would make local elections in Macon and Bibb County nonpartisan has one more hurdle to pass. It’s not the Governor’s desk — he’s expected to sign what his fellow Republicans passed handily in the state House and Senate. Rather, the move could bump up against the federal Voting Rights Act.
Republican lawmakers are pushing a series of bills to make more local elections nonpartisan. Backers told the Senate ethics committee Monday that it would save money by nixing primaries in those races. But others say the move reflects Georgia shifting demographics.