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Voters: Yes to Tucker, no LaVista Hills

DECATUR, Ga. -- Voters appeared to reject a bid to create a new city in LaVista Hills on Tuesday.

Voters narrowly said no to LaVista Hills' bid for incorporation. Out of more than 13,000 votes cast, the measure was defeated by less than 150 votes.

 The leader of the LaVista Hills Alliance, Mary Kay Woodworth, said opponents of cityhood made it "a partisan issue."

The result was different in DeKalb County's other proposed city. With 100% of the precincts reporting, the bid to create the city of Tucker was ahead 74% to 26%. 

Voters overwhelmingly approved an act that revises the DeKalb County Board of Ethics.

The map was all-important at precincts deciding cityhood questions for LaVista Hills and Tucker.

"Everybody has a strong opinion about LaVista Hills whether they are for it or against it," said Emily Moye, who was at a precinct voting against cityhood.

"So people who think they should be able to vote and can't are really angry," Moye said.

Some of those voters complained to DeKalb County election officials – who double checked, and found that some of the voters were mistakenly excluded from the LaVista Hllls vote.

"We did have one voter to call and found out we were wrong. And as a result we found a range of voters that we did have wrong," said DeKalb elections director Maxine Daniels. Her office found 45 voters who'd mistakenly been drawn out of LaVista Hills – who got drawn back in shortly after polls opened.

"They were on the odd side of Briarcliff Road," Daniels said. "We're handling hundreds of streets, 70,000 voters. We have to do each one individually. And so we made a mistake. We're human."

Daniels said she believes only one voter was mistakenly excluded from voting before DeKalb corrected the mistake and re-admitted the other 44 voters. The one voter who complained remained at the precinct at St. Bartholemew's Episcopal Church and was allowed to vote after officials discovered the error, Daniels said.

Daniels said she expected a 25 percent turnout of registered voters in the two cityhood referenda.



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