Judge Orders [Another] New Election in HD 28

Third time’s the charm? Maybe. That likely what voters are hoping for in House District 28 where a judge has ordered a new election in a contested state house race.

Dan Gasaway and Chris Erwin will appear on the ballot against each other for a third time in Banks, Stephens and Habersham counties on a to-be-determined date after Senior Judge David Sweat sided with Gasaway in a recent suit alleging “disenfranchisement, illegal ballots, and improper districting.” 21 ballots were challenged by Gasaway, including one cast by Banks County Sheriff Billy Carlton Speed, but only 4 satisfied the court’s metric for a re-do. Just two were needed to justify another election.

All of that is according to Chamian Cruz, reporter for The Northeast Georgian, who broke news late Friday. (And who also tweeted updates on the case all week, if you’d like to read)

BREAKING: Judge rules for another election redo in the Georgia House of Representatives District 28 election. Erwin’s lawyer to file for an appeal. #gapol— Chamian Cruz (@xchamian) February 1, 2019

Gasaway challenged the May 22 Republican primary results citing ‘mapping errors’ after dozens of voters cast ballots in the wrong race. Erwin defeated Gasaway by 67 votes, but a judge ordered a new election and the pair faced off again in the December runoff election. Gasaway again lost to Erwin by a mere two votes. I

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