Published Tuesday, August 09, 2011
The Newnan Times-Herald
The Georgia State Election Board voted Monday to accept Coweta County's proposed consent order and close the state election board case against Coweta.
The case was filed over the mis-districting of some residents of the Kingsbrooke subdivision off Tommy Lee Cook Road.
They live in the Coweta Board of Commissioners Third District, but some residents were districted for voting purposes in the commission Fourth District, instead.
The state election board initially heard the case in February. At that meeting, Coweta County Attorney Nathan Lee told the board that the problem stemmed from the fact that there is a subdivision named Kingsbrook in the Fourth District and some streets in Kingsbrooke "got put into the other Kingsbrook subdivision," in voter records.
Lee offered to put together a consent order laying out the actions the county will take to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again.
At Monday's state board meeting, held at the Coverdell Legislative building in downtown Atlanta, Inspector General Chris Harvey said Coweta had presented the consent order.
"They have provided a remedial plan," Harvey said. That plan includes county elections officials verifying voter registration records with the county's Geographic Information System office. "Which they have done now and which they will do every six months to make sure they are accurate," Harvey said.
There were no questions from the state elections board members, and no public speakers -- neither county officials nor anyone affected by the error.
A motion to accept the consent order and close the case was made by board member Kent Webb and seconded by David Worley. The vote was unanimous.
The state elections board will not release any details about any cases before the cases are closed. While the case is active, the only information that is released is the case number and name of the person who filed the complaint.
All information is releasable, however, once a case is closed. The Times-Herald has requested the entire case file, though it has not yet been received.