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State Representative Winfred Dukes called a press conference, then recanted all his statements after one of our questions.

Dukes originally thought Dougherty County Board of elections was breaking the law by not having in person absentee voting to 45 days.

It turns out the county is in compliance with state law by offering paper absentee ballots for the correct amount of time.

We told him what the law said during the press conference. Dukes said legislative council at the Georgia Assembly gave him misinformation.

We checked with the county and there is a new law which will require in person voting for at least 45 days which passed on Monday, but does not affect this election.

"There is a new House Bill that just got approval from the Justice Department, House Bill 540 that will change the length of time we do absentee voting in person, but we were in the middle of an election, and it does not take effect until the next election cycle," said Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson.

Dukes represents House District 150 which includes west and south Albany and Baker County. He's running against Republican Karen Kemp.