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Fulton County election updates
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November 05, 2013 01:28 PM | 1702 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Update: 7:22 p.m. Polls have closed in Fulton County.

Update at 6:46 p.m.

Fulton County is conducting General and Special Municipal Elections today for several Fulton County municipalities. Polls will remain open until 7 p.m. in all locations except the city of Atlanta, which will remain open until 8 p.m.

The following update addresses issues and frequent questions from the media related to today’s election.

Q.What issues have occurred during today’s election?

A.Out of 283 precincts open today, one precinct opened late. Precinct 06R, located at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, opened 28 minutes late. The Fulton County Superior Court has issued a ruling allowing this precinct to remain open until 8:28 p.m.

An additional issue affected Atlanta precincts 02H and 02I at Epworth United Methodist Church on McClendon Avenue. Voters in precinct 02I in this precinct were incorrectly assigned the ballot for precinct 05P.

Q.What was the cause of the issue at Precincts 02H/02I?

A.This afternoon, Secretary of State Brian Kemp acknowledged that the issue was the result of human data entry error that originated in the Secretary of State’s office. This issue did not arise during the extensive logic and accuracy testing performed by the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections prior to the election.

Q.How many voters were affected? What solution has been provided?

A.The problem was identified at approximately 8:10 a.m. Approximately 130 voters had cast ballots prior to that time. Not all of voters at this location were affected by the issue. We do not know precisely how many voters may have been affected at this time.

After the problem was identified, poll workers began issuing provisional ballots to those voters who would have been issued incorrect ballots by the express poll machines. All of those provisional ballots will be counted as provided by law. By noon a solution was identified to allowed all voters at this precinct to vote on the correct ballot using touch screen units instead of provisional ballots.

Q.What should voters do if they feel they were assigned the incorrect ballot?

A.Any voter who feels they have an incorrect ballot should notify a poll worker immediately before casting their ballot.

Fulton County is conducting general and special municipal elections today for several Fulton County municipalities.

All but one precinct opened on time.

Precinct 06R, located at First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, opened 28 minutes late.

The Department of Registration and Elections is currently seeking a court order to allow this precinct to remain open until 8:28 p.m.

Turnout has been steady and there have been no reports of long lines.

The department has received reports of an issue related to city precincts 02H and 02I.

For this municipal election, these precincts were assigned to vote at Epworth Methodist Church.

Some voters at this location have experienced precinct assignment issues for Atlanta School Board races.

The department is working with DeKalb County and Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election Systems to identify the source of this issue.

In the meantime, this location has been provided with additional provisional ballots to accommodate any voters who were affected by this issue.

Each provisional ballot will be counted as provided by law.

Any voter who feels they have an incorrect ballot should notify a poll worker immediately, before casting their ballot.

Polls will remain open until 7 p.m. in all locations except the city of Atlanta, which will remain open until 8 p.m.

UPDATE: As of 6:15 p.m., Public Affairs Manager for Fulton County, Jessica Corbitt, said voting in south Fulton is now in "peak hours."

"Before and after work hours are the busiest times at the polls and we are seeing it pick up a bit," she said.

However, Corbitt said, no long lines have been reported at any precinct in the county.

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