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City election in question, meeting at 5

POSTED: October 13, 2011 2:13 p.m.

The emergency city council meeting has been set for 5 p.m., immediately following a budget hearing, according to City Clerk Sarah Lumpkin. The hearing and meeting will be in city hall and both are open to the public.

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Hinesville City Council is expected to call an emergency meeting, possibly this evening, to discuss the upcoming municipal election.
City Manager Billy Edwards did not say the election would be delayed, but did imply this morning that there are complications that could jeopardize the timing of the vote, which was to start Tuesday with early balloting.
The mayor's and two council seats are being contested.
Edwards had been contacted about an assertion by District 5 candidate John Spradley that results could easily be contested by candidates because federal Justice Department approval of new districts drawn and approved over the summer had not yet been received. Candidates have been campaigning under the assumption the new district lines would be in place.
Edwards said the federal approval, which is required by the Voting Rights Act, is expected in time. But, he said, other "unexpected" complications also had arisen.
City Attorney Linnie Darden III said he was in discussions with attorneys for the state. He also would not say whether voting would be delayed, putting off comment until his discussions and the emergency meeting had been scheduled.
Edwards said more information about the options and the special meeting would be released after the lawyers finish their negotiations.
The council does have a city budget hearing at 4 p.m. today.

 

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