Fulton County made an array of errors in the July 31 primary, putting voters in the wrong elections, declaring results to the state more than an hour late and producing data that doesn’t add up. Now state elections officials want to know whether Fulton performed poorly enough to throw off some of the final results, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed. The state has launched an investigation into the county’s elections procedures. “I wouldn’t restrict it or limit it to any race at this point,” Kemp spokesman Jared Thomas said, declining to elaborate.
Fulton Registration and Elections has historically had far more trouble with its election processes than other counties, earning a reputation for being perpetually last to count its votes. Poor staffing and procedures have been blamed, as well has the volume of voters and districts in the state’s largest county.
Fulton says that while some 690 voters in Sandy Springs and southeast Atlanta were assigned to the wrong state Senate and state House elections last week, the errors weren’t enough to change the outcome of any races. But a losing candidate in the Fulton’s sheriff’s race thinks the problems go deeper and has requested a recount that will start Wednesday. “There’s so many discrepancies in the numbers, it’s pitiful,” former Sheriff Richard Lankford said.
Full Article: State probes Fulton elections errors | ajc.com.