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Split precincts create confusion on cityhood vote

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Split precincts create confusion on cityhood vote

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This story has been updated. 

Several people voting on the issue of a new city of LaVista Hills have been turned away at some DeKalb County precincts this morning.

The issue appears to be related to split precincts, according to Maxine Daniels, director of Voter Registration and Elections for DeKalb.

According to 11 Alive, some voters were accidentally excluded from voting on LaVista Hills – about 45 voters – but were later added to the list of people who could vote for or against the new city.

Daniels said she’s been contacted by Marjorie Snook with DeKalb Strong and Allen Venet with LaVista Hills YES about the problems. Daniels said poll workers have a list of voters and the ballots are determined based on where they live. She said some residents who think they are in the LaVista Hills map may not be. She said if residents insist they are in the map after the poll workers check their address then they will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Daniels said the voter lists have been available for months but didn’t generate any complaints until today.

There are several split precincts for both the Tucker and LaVista Hills Cityhood votes.

The split precincts are as follows:

LaVista Hills

– Briar Vista

– Clairmont Road

– Embry Hills

– Harris-Margaret Harris

– LaVista

– LaVista Road

– Livsey Elementary

– Midvale Elementary

– Midvale Road

– Pleasantdale Elementary

– Rehoboth

Tucker

– Embry Hills

– Livsey Elementary

– Midvale Elementary

– Midvale Road

– Pleasantdale Elementary

– Rehoboth

DeKalb County also has this polling place locator that residents can use to see where they will vote today. To see where you’re voting, click here.

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