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Unintended consequences? 

Re-districting was supposed to ensure Democratic superiority in the state Legislature and a majority in Georgia's U.S. House delegation. It did neither.

But before election night, the state GOP was ready to pounce on the crazy quilt districts and exploit any voting irregularities -- voters sent to the wrong precincts, for example -- that might come up. With a better than expected outcome, Republicans never had to address the issue. They contented themselves with a new governor, the takeover of the state Senate and the maintenance of a majority in the U.S. House delegation.

It makes sense then that Democrats would step in and pick up the mantle of "voting irregularities." State Rep. Mike Snow (D-Chickamauga), Sens. Charles Walker (D-Augusta) and Harold Ragan (D-Cairo) have filed suit to throw out the results of the Nov. 5 elections. Each of the legislators were defeated by extremely narrow margins, just 76 votes in Ragan's case, according to numbers from the secretary of state's office.

Each legislator contends that voters were sent to the wrong polling places. For example, Snow maintains in his lawsuit that "1,800 registered voters in the Rossville Precinct were assigned to State House District 1 when they should have been assigned to District 2."

Election lawsuits are rarely successful but the problems caused by the confusing lines drawn during re-districting may be something of a wildcard. Ragan says his case may be set for a hearing by early December.

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