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GOP ballot question challenge prompts emergency meeting of elections board today

A legal challenge to the May 24 general primary ballot by the Lamar County Republican Party has prompted an emergency meeting of the elections board. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. today at the elections board office in the county annex.

Attorney Alex B. Kaufman, general counsel for the Georgia GOP, has threatened the county commission and the elections board with legal action over a non-binding question the local party desired to be placed on the Republican ballot.

The requested question was ‘Should the county commission make it a priority to ensure Lamar County maintains its rural nature?’.

In a letter to all parties involved, Kaufman alleges local GOP chairperson Ashley Gilles made the request for the inclusion of the question on the ballot on March 10 only to be told by elections supervisor Anita Reid that state law prohibited it.

County attorney Scott Mayfield reported Friday morning the county is still considering its response.

Non-binding questions are simply a method of polling opinions of voters by party. The result carries no weight and voters often skip such ballot questions entirely.

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