A hearing is set for 4 p.m. today that could decide whether the District 1 incumbent lives in the district she is running to represent for another term.
District maps have apparently placed most of Brooks' property in District 1, while her actual residence was placed in District 3. Brooks said she was part of a committee during the re-drawing process at the state level.
Brooks lives with her husband, Morris, on Bailey-Brooks Road in Villa Rica. Brooks said Morris requested an absentee ballot because of health issues.
Brooks said she learned of the issue Friday after reading over the absentee ballot sent to her husband. The ballot he received listed only the District 3 candidates — her name was "not anywhere to be found," she said.
"It was quite a shock seeing that I wasn't on my husband's ballot," Brooks said. "I took the ballot down to the Board of Elections Office and asked them, 'Do you not want me to vote for myself?'"
Brooks said the issue should be reduced to a "map error" after today's hearing.
Nathan Lee, an attorney with the Newnan law firm Glover & Davis, is representing the Board of Elections in the hearing.
"It was just determined that according to the maps approved by the Legislature, her residence is in the new district," Lee said.
Lee said Brooks may have to withdraw from the race if the hearing does not go in her favor.
"This hearing will be to determine if she can remain in the race," Lee said. "The board will consider evidence, and the board will decide if she's allowed to continue with her campaign."
Brooks said Monday afternoon that she had sought legal counsel to represent her at today's hearing.
The hearing will take place at the Carroll County Board of Elections Office on College Street in Carrollton, and Elections Supervisor Becky Deese said the board of elections, its legal counsel, Brooks and her legal counsel will meet to come to a decision. The public is welcome.
The general election will be held July 31, but early voting began yesterday.
Brooks is running against Rob Cleveland and Terry Turner for the District 1 seat.