Georgia AG to review Fulton County election case
12/20/2013, 11:30 a.m.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Attorney General’s Office will consider further legal steps and possible penalties for missteps in Fulton County’s 2012 elections.
The State Election Board on Tuesday referred an investigation of the matter to the Attorney General’s Office for further review.
Fulton County faces possible fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with its mishandling of the 2012 general and primary elections, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
An investigation report by Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, obtained recently by the Atlanta newspaper, accused Fulton County officials of numerous violations of state election rules. Many of the violations involved failing to properly document or secure about 9,600 provisional ballots cast in last year’s general election.
The Secretary of State found redistricting errors that caused an unknown number of people to vote in the wrong state House or Senate elections during the July 2012 primary.
Other issues led to long delays at some polling places in the county that’s home to Atlanta, state officials said.
Fulton County’s failure to hire enough temporary workers to process voter registrations led it to miss a deadline for entering many registrations before the general election, the Secretary of State found. As a result, an unusually high number of Fulton County voters were relegated to printed registration lists distributed at county precincts. That led to long lines and confusion at some polling places on Election Day, the investigation found.