The Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registrations delayed any decision for two weeks on the proposed voting precinct changes.
The unanimous decision came from the five-member board after the plan to reduce precincts from 48 to 28 was opposed by the NAACP, a member of the school board, the Mucogee County Marshal's Office and other residents.
During the 90-minute meeting, Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, asked the board to delay the proposal and start over. He would like to see the board take suggestions to communities in town hall meetings just as officials did for information on proposed sales tax.
Margaret Jenkins, chairwoman of the board, said there is no requirement for the board to hold public hearings and noted the precinct information was printed in the newspaper.
Elections board member U.D. Roberts called for the delay. Residents are encouraged to send comments to the board by Feb. 18 to P.O. Box 1340, Columbus, Ga. 31902.
These are the voting precinct changes proposed to take effect for July 20 party primaries: Wynnton and Britt at Wynnton precincts will combine to create Wynnton precinct at Wynnton United Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road.
Carver will move and combine with Mack precinct at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road.
Belvedere precinct will move and combine with St. John precinct, 3980 Steam Mill Road.Brewer and North Lumpkin precincts will combine at Victory Independent Baptist Church, 3150 30th Ave.
Spencer will move to Muscogee precinct, 3900 Baker Plaza Drive.
St. Marys, St. Marys United Methodist Church and Liberty precincts will combine to create Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4400 Old Cusseta Road.
Wesley Heights and Forrest Road precincts will combine at Faith Tabernacle, 1603 Floyd Road.Edgewood School precinct will move and combine with Edgewood Baptist Precinct, 3564 Forrest Road.
Reese Road and Gentian precincts will be combined at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4400 Reese Road.
Waddell precinct will move and combine with Fort precinct, 2900 Woodruff Farm Road.
Mathews precinct will move and combine with Psalmond precinct, 6500 Psalmond Road.
Hannan precinct will move and combine with Gallops precinct, 1212 15th Street.
Johnson and Arnold precincts will combine to create Epworth precinct, 2400 Devonshire Drive.
Hardaway precinct will move and combine with Clubview at the Columbus Public Library.
Key precinct will move and combine with Eddy precinct, 2100 South Lumpkin Road.
Morningside precinct will move and combine with Moon precinct, 7300 Livingston Drive.
Heiferhorn precinct will move and combine with St. Mark precinct, 6795 Whitesville Road.
Georgetown will move and combine with Rothschild precinct, 1136 Hunt Ave.
Midland Academy precinct will move and combine with St. Andrews precinct, 4980 Hancock Road.