State Looking Into Fulton Voting Problems

Secretary of State says Fulton was not prepared for Election Day.

According to an 11Alive news report, the Georgia Secretary of State's office plans to investigate the Fulton Elections Board following numerous voter complaints on Tuesday.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the county could face fines for not being properly prepared for the elections. Following the 2008 Presidential election, Fulton faced $120,000 in fines.

Sharon Mitchell, Fulton's interim elections director, said in a news conference that Tuesday's problems were not as widespread as in other years.

The allegations follow a day when Fulton County sent out several Tweets imploring voters to remain patient and assuring that anyone in line by 7 p.m. would get to vote. At 2:30 p.m., the county sent out the following notice that it was deploying additional vehicles to help in the delivery of extra supplies to voting stations:

The Fulton County Manager’s office has deployed eight additional vehicles to be dispatched to the elections warehouse in order to expedite the delivery of supplies to various locations. In some cases, supplies have been depleted due to the volume of voter turnout today.

These eight additional vehicles will be on call for the election team for the remainder of the day.

In Johns Creek, voters reported wait times exceeding two hours at Barnwell Elementary School on Tuesday morning. A poll worker told Patch that the problem stemmed from the precinct only receiving two express voting stations when it had requested four.


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