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Changes to Warner Robins Voting Polls and Precincts
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Warner Robins city leaders want to avoid confusion come election day.

They're asking voters to check-out the recently redrawn voting maps now, so there are no surprises November 8th.

Elections Superintendent Vida Rawls showed the new maps and outlined changes for voters at Monday night's city council meeting.

Rawls said the new lines affect about 20,000 of the city's 33,000 registered voters.

Some people will vote in a new polling place. Others will cast their ballot in an entirely different precinct than in past elections.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen said some voters will go to one polling place to vote in the city election and another for county races.

He encouraged participating in early voting. Shaheen said, "I would really recommend people come to early voting which starts October 17th. So when they go to vote, that early voting is just at one place."

Rawls said Northside High School will no longer be a polling place for city elections. Those voters will be dispersed to other polling places, for a total of six city polls.

The city's internet technology department constructed an online voting map that allows people to type in their address and immediately know where to vote.

Warner Robins voters will choose three council members in the general election.

City Clerk Alton Mattox said one of the candidates who qualified for the Post 6 race dropped out Monday.

Mattox said he received an e-mail from Neal Erwin saying, "I am pulling out of the race for city council for personal reasons. Please accept this as my resignation."

Erwin could not be reached for comment.

Mattox said to officially withdraw from the race, Erwin would have to come to City Hall and turn in an affidavit, which Erwin has not done.

The incumbent for Post 6, John Williams, will face retired Warner Robins firefighter Mike Davis in that race.

Also at Monday's meeting, Shaheen announced that the city recieved a Aa3 bond rating from Moody's Investors Service. He said that's an indicator that the city is financially stable. He said, "That's about as good as you can get in these economic times."

Shaheen said the city is asking for a refinancing bond for the gas authority. He said the option will save the city about $543,000 over a ten year period. The mayor said Moody's looked mainly at the city's reserve account to issue the rating.

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