Lilburn contests annexation vote

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lilburn officials are contesting last week's tied annexation vote.

City officials filed a petition in Gwinnett Superior Court on Wednesday listing concerns about the referendum, which was conducted by the county elections department and was offered to 73 voters whose homes were proposed for annexation.

Mayor Diana Preston said she was surprised by the 9-9 tally after receiving nearly unanimous support when canvassing neighborhoods.

She heard from homeowners about voting irregularities, including one woman who already lives within the city limits and should not have been eligible to vote but had the item on her ballot.

Another man said both he and his wife voted in favor of the proposal via paper absentee ballot, but all four absentee ballots counted were nay votes.

"I think there are enough questions to look into the process," Preston said. "I was just shocked."

Gwinnett Elections Director Lynn Ledford did not comment Thursday.

County spokesman Joe Sorenson said Ledford had not seen the court document.

"They are looking for it to arrive and do what they need to do," he said, noting that the county had never faced contested election results.