Ballot issues an easy fix; redistricting causes some confusion

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Rome News-Tribune
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by Diane Wagner, staff writer  

Floyd County elections officials said Monday that measures are in place to keep the ballot mix-ups reported last week from reoccurring.

But they’re asking voters to tell a pollworker if they think there’s a problem — before the vote is cast. ...

Merle King, executive director of the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, said the ballots are correct. The room for error is in how local registrars assign a ballot to a voter.

“The problem is that it’s not all automated,” he said. “If you register to vote or move, some human set of eyes has to put you in a district.”

King, McDonald and Billups all said that voters have a responsibility to ensure they get the right ballot combination of federal, state and local races, but agreed that’s not always easy to know after a redistricting.