A number of legitimate voters were on Winder’s list of names to be challenged, including someone who knows a thing or two about how elections are supposed to be run.
Caroline Evans ran Barrow County’s elections from 1999-2004 and her name was among those on the list of challenges published by the Barrow Journal last week.
“So how ironic is that?” she asked. “I’ve run the county’s elections for six to seven years, and now I’m getting thrown off the voter list because I don’t have a dadgum water bill?
“When I read my name, I was, ‘Are you kidding? I’ve got to go re-register to vote because I do not pay my water bill to the city of Winder, and I have been voting since I was 18 years old?”
Evans said she has been a resident of Winder for 39 years, but since a divorce eight years ago has lived in the basement apartment of someone else’s Winder home.
“When I pay my rent, I pay one lump sum that includes utilities,” she said. “So there’s not a utility bill in my name.”
Evans said it bothers her that Winder is working on the list so close to the upcoming elections.
“I don’t have a problem with them going through the list, but don’t do it weeks before a major election,” she said. “I feel this election is very important, especially since I’m a city of Winder resident – and very rarely do we have a lot of contested races in the city where they could make a big difference.”
She said if the problem with the voter list isn’t resolved quickly, poll workers will have a lot do deal with on Nov. 8.
“I would really be thinking about working the polls, because it’s going to be a nasty day,” Evans said.