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Mid-day update: Fulton elections going well; turnout low
by Noreen Cochran
May 20, 2014 03:07 PM | 2557 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fulton County elections czar Richard Barron reported this afternoon polls opened on time and are expected to close on time, at 7 p.m. There are no major problems, he reported during an afternoon briefing.

"We have not seen anything except minor issues we already solved," he said. Minor issues were defined as "minor things I've seen in every election for the past 14 years." The most serious was a temporary misdirection at the Georgia Tech polling station when voters headed for the municipal poll from 2013, but staff members and new signage rerouted them, county elections analyst Lyn Vaughn reported on the county's television station.

Barron said the key was preparation, including biweekly conferences with the secretary of state's office and more practical training of poll workers.

Vaughn said the preparation showed in the new county commission districts, where reapportionment did not seem to throw off voters or poll workers.

Barron predicted a 15 percent turnout by poll closing time.

Vaughn said turnout was "very, very low," with 16,000 out of nearly 537,000 voters stepping into the polls by 2:30 p.m.

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