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Election Officials Investigating Waynesboro Councilwoman Over Sign

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Waynesboro Councilwoman Portia Washington is hoping to keep her seat for a second term.

"I'm here to serve the people. It's a family tradition. My father was in politics, my uncle was in politics. It's just something that we do," she says.

But recently, Washington has been under investigation because of a sign she put up in her front yard. The sign reads, "get your mail in ballots here." To some people, it implies that Washington has absentee ballots inside of her home. That's why the Georgia Secretary of State is investigating the matter. But Washington says there is no need for an investigation.

"It's not a ballot, it's an application for a mail-in ballot. Anybody can get that at any time. I'm not signing them, I'm not doing anything to them, but if they want one it is available," she says.

Election officials say the councilwoman isn't breaking the law by handing out voting applications, in fact, they say absentee ballots haven't even been printed yet.

Meanwhile, Washington says she put the sign up to educate people about voting.

We asked her if she thought the sign could confuse people.

"It would. I guess. I didn't even think about it. Because the ballots are not even ready so how could you have them? But you do have mail in applications. I just couldn't put all that on the sign," she says.

Washington says she isn't the only council member who is handing out applications. And since election day is less than two months away, Washington says this political attack doesn't surprise her.

"When you are a public official you know that people are always going to either come at you negative or positive, but it just goes with the job, goes with the territory. You don't worry about that. You just do your job. My job is to serve the people and represent the community," she says.

Washington says she is going to take down the sign to stop the confusion. The Secretary of State's Office still has an open investigation.

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