Error on Troup County ballots results in District 2 council race appearing on all city ballots

Published 12:11 pm Monday, October 17, 2022

LaGrange voters may be a little confused when they go to the polls or receive their absentee ballot.

An error in ballot-making resulted in the LaGrange City Council District 2 race being on all citywide ballots, including for voters who live in District 1. The race is not a city-wide election, meaning only voters who live in District 2 are eligible to vote in that race.

Troup County Elections Supervisor Andrew Harper said he’s talked to the secretary of state’s office about a way to filter out all ineligible votes in the race.

“Procedures are in place to only count qualified ballots cast in the Special Election LaGrange District 2 race,” a press release from the county said Monday.

Harper said anyone wondering which district they live in can look at the precinct card mailed to every voter in the city limits. Voters can also go to their voter page at https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/. The sample ballot on that page will still incorrectly show for District 1 voters as it’ll include the District 2 council race. However, if you click “my districts and elected officials” at the top, a screen will load that shows correct voting and district information.

On that screen, under city council, it’ll either say “1-LAGRANGE” or “2-LAGRANGE.” The number indicates the district, so voters that see “2-LAGRANGE” will know they are eligible to vote in the city council race.

District 1 voters will still see the city council race on their absentee ballots and when they go to the polls, whether they participate in early voting in person or Election Day voting. However, any District 1 voters that vote in the District 2 city council race will not count for that race. Every other vote on their ballot will be counted as normal.

“It’s not affecting City District 2 voters,” Harper said. “It’s affecting the City District 1 voters on the northern part of the city.”

Harper said District 1 voters — or anyone unclear which district they live in — are welcome to cast a vote in that race, but if they don’t live in that district the vote will be automatically removed when ballots are counted. He said District 1 voters can also leave that race blank, as voters can skip as many races as they’d like when casting their ballot.

Harper said anyone with questions is welcome to call the elections office at (706) 883-1745.

Early voting started Monday and will be held Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Nov. 4. There are two Saturday early voting dates — Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All early voting takes place at the Troup County Government Center.