Bibb County election officials said Friday that 17 voters from District 3 cast votes in District 2 during early voting for the Sept. 17 election to decide the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government.
Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson said that of the 788 voters who were supposed to have been listed in District 3, 17 of them cast ballots before Thursday’s discovery that those names were assigned incorrectly to District 2.
In addition, 20 absentee ballots among the 788 were mailed out with the wrong names on the ballot, but Watson said officials are sending out replacement ballots to those people.
Watson said it was a regrettable mistake, but one that occasionally happens when redistricting is involved.
“I hate it,” she said, adding that she has since heard from some of the 17 voters after news broke Thursday. “They’re angry and concerned, and they have every right to be. Because of what happened, their vote won’t count for the candidate in their district.”