Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tift County Commissioners discuss voting alternatives

TIFTON — The county attorney on Tuesday gave members of the county commission several options to consider concerning voting on appointments to various boards and commissions. Commissioners were encouraged to make a decision within a month because several important appointments, including appointments to the planning and zoning commission, will have to be addressed soon.

Commissioners have for decades voted on such appointments by secret ballot. All of the candidates for appointments to boards and commissions were named on a paper ballot and commissioners checked their choice but didn’t sign the ballot. Then the ballots were handed over to the county clerk who counted the votes, with the county manager viewing the count, and the number vote was recorded in the minutes without commissioners votes being named.

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