Something went very wrong when dozens, maybe even hundreds, of voters received the wrong ballots in a tight primary election in North Georgia. They lived in one state House district but voted in another. Now, the election that seemed to unseat an incumbent representative might be thrown out. State Rep. Dan Gasaway, who lost the May 22 primary by just 67 votes to Chris Erwin, is asking a judge to order a new election. Election officials in Habersham County have acknowledged the errors, sending letters to voters saying “your address was found to have been placed in the wrong House district.”
“The Habersham County election office is a complete disaster,” said Gasaway, a Republican who has represented the Homer area since 2013. “It is going to take disciplinary action from the Secretary of State’s Office to get this corrected.”
Redoing the election would be an extraordinary and rare step, but it has happened before. An election for the mayor of Hazlehurst was thrown out in 2015 because of vote-buying allegations, and a Walker County state House race went through three elections in 2003 because of redistricting changes that led to voters being turned away.