Absentee ballots sent late
Voters complain about tardiness of mailing

LAWRENCEVILLE - Complaints came in all day Monday at the Gwinnett Elections and Voter Registration Office because absentee ballots were not delivered to voters until the weekend prior to today's runoff.

Elections Superintendent Lynn Ledford said about 400 of the 5,000 absentee ballots were received in the mail Monday. For a vote to count, it must be received before 7 p.m. today. Voters can deliver their ballots in person to the Grayson Highway office today or relinquish them to poll managers and vote at the polls.

"I wish there was a better mechanism for doing that. ... I hate it," Ledford said. "Runoffs are bad situations because we only have a three-week turnaround."

Ledford said her office was delayed in ordering the paper ballots because of the requested recount in the GOP District 1 commission election. Elections officials worked all day Monday and Tuesday last week to have the ballots in the mail Wednesday but many people said they did not receive them until Friday or Saturday.

Voters can cast ballots today in a Democratic primary runoff for U.S. Senate between DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones and former state legislator Jim Martin. The county has two Republican contests: incumbent Charles Bannister vs. Lorraine Green for chairman and Shirley Lasseter vs. Bruce LeVell for District 1 commissioner.

Ledford said she is expecting a low turnout at the polls today.