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City reprimanded for ’09 election
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 23, 2013 | 3521 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Loretta Lipsey
Loretta Lipsey
Benny Gray
Benny Gray
The Georgia attorney general’s office offered a resolution to the case between the Georgia State Election Board and the City of Gray concerning violations that occurred during its 2009 election at a meeting last week.

The city and three individuals, including two sitting council members, received fines as part of that process.

The resolution to the case, which was unanimously approved by members of State Election Board, was presented at its May 14 meeting in the form of consent orders.

Separate orders were presented for the City of Gray, which included the city’s 2009 election supervisor, Councilman Benny Gray, Mayor Pro Tem Loretta Lipsey, Evelyn Collins, and Bessie Jackson.

Although those negotiated orders have been approved by the respondents and by the Election Board, they have not been fully executed, and are considered unsigned drafts at this time.

Councilman Gray received the largest fine, $2,700, for having in his possession 10 completed absentee ballots for the 2009 municipal election, and for signing the names of two people on those ballots, which he later delivered to the election officials for the city.

The order states that Gray also actually marked and voted Jackson’s ballot. He is instructed to pay $1,000 within 30 days of the adoption of the order and monthly installments of $170.

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