Bibb Democratic Party tussle results in lawsuit

mstucka@macon.comJanuary 15, 2014 

A new lawsuit claims that the wrong man is representing the Bibb County Democratic Party on the elections board.

John Swint said he was appropriately appointed by a Democratic Party executive board in July 2013 to the post on the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections. He wants a judge to consider removing Steve Allen from the position.

The lawsuit mimics complaints from last summer, when county party officials said Allen’s position expired March 31, 2013. The lawsuit says the chairman’s appointment procedure violated the party by-laws, and the chairman said it was a mistake.

The Board of Elections later voted to keep Allen.

The lawsuit seeks to have the Board of Elections explain to the county’s chief judge why Allen should not be removed from the post, and for the judge to take appropriate action.

Allen said he was appropriately reappointed with a notice provided by the county chairman, at the same time as board member Ronnie Miley. Allen said his appointment wasn’t contested until he pushed for a Macon-Bibb County election in September rather than November, thinking that minority participation would be about the same and the inevitable runoff elections shouldn’t take place in December.

Allen didn’t know about the lawsuit until The Telegraph asked him, and he said the elections board staff hadn’t yet been served. He said the whole lawsuit is part of protests over his vote to change the election date, and protests in general against a state Legislature-enacted switch to nonpartisan elections.

“After they realized they do not have the power to remove me, they tried to go back and rewrite history by saying I was never properly appointed in the first place,” Allen said.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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