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Georgia Sec. of State to handle Warwick provisional ballots

Tommy Coleman Tommy Coleman
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SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

Officials say 20 provisional ballots have a Warwick city council race in limbo.

Worth County has been examining the ballots since Tuesday, and was expected to give those that are approved to the clerk on Thursday.

But in a decision Thursday morning, election officials said they were turning the ballot results over to Georgia's Secretary of State Board of Elections office to be certified.

Worth County leaders said results of the provisional ballots could be released as late as Tuesday, November 10.

As of November 4, Jack Bass had 35 votes, Walter Vinson had 32 votes, and Lechia Garrison had 13 votes.

Warwick city attorney Tommy Coleman said, "There's a lot to be straightened out here, no doubt about it."

He added that it is highly unusual to have that many provisional ballots in such a small election. 

The Board of Elections and Registration told City Attorney Tommy Coleman those ballots in question in the District 2 city council race appear to involve fraud or fake addresses. 

"The Registrar apparently determined that there was some fraudulent conduct, and they were attempting to vote, even though they were not on the voters list," said Coleman.

Even though the state investigation may not be complete, the county Board of Elections and Registrar have until Friday afternoon to decide which provisional ballots to count.  

If no candidates receive a majority of the vote, there will be a run off. 

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