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Albany man fights to keep his name on ballot for state house race

James Williams is fighting to keep his name on the District 151 race ballot. (source:WALB) James Williams is fighting to keep his name on the District 151 race ballot. (source:WALB)
Williams says his district was changed from District 151 to 154 without him being notified. (Source:WALB) Williams says his district was changed from District 151 to 154 without him being notified. (Source:WALB)
Williams sits with his attorney Maurice King. (Source:WALB) Williams sits with his attorney Maurice King. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany man is fighting to keep his name on the ballot in a state house race. James Williams was the only Democrat to qualify to run against Republican District 151 Representative Gerald Green.

Williams has been voting in that district for years, but his lawyer says that Williams’ registration was being moved to District 154 without him being notified.
The Secretary of State's office says a redistricting error several years ago mistakenly listed him as living in District 151.

"Therefore we have to question why this was done in a manner that we believe violates the law that is certainly wrong,” said Maurice King, Attorney.

Dougherty County election officials say Williams' name is still on the ballot in the District 151 race.
Representative Greene is challenging Williams' qualifications to run and an Administrative hearing on the challenge will be held April 13th.
The Secretary of State's Office has this response:
    

"During re-districting, Dougherty County elections officials incorrectly designated Mr. Williams as living in House District 151. The Democrat Party of Georgia qualified Mr. Williams for House District 151 although the address he listed appears to be located in House District 154. Our office received a letter from Representative Gerald Greene challenging Mr. Williams’ qualifications. We referred the challenge to the Office of State Administrative Hearings as we do with any challenge we receive, and a hearing is scheduled for April 13."

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