The results of a special Johns Creek City Council election held April 18 may not be legitimate, according to a report by the nonprofit group VoterGA. The report focuses its critique on alleged security flaws in voting machines and says the election was improperly scheduled. Three separate elections were held that night: the Johns Creek City Council election, the Roswell City Council run-off and the Sixth District Congressional race. … But there were problems in the Johns Creek election, according to VoterGA.
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker submitted a resolution on February 27 calling for a special election to fill the Post Four position left open by Councilman Bob Gray, who was then seeking the Sixth District Congressional seat. The resolution moved to combine the election dates for Post Four and the Sixth District primary elections, the report says.
“I know they were probably trying to save money. It’s very expensive to run the polling place,” said Barbara Hartman, a polling place worker in the Roswell precinct.
By combining the elections, the City of Johns Creek saved about $170,000, according to Jeff Breslau, communications director for the city. Also, he said, the combination of the elections was expected to yield a bigger turnout.