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Fulton County last in state to report votes
by Angela Spencer
aspencer@neighbornewspapers.com
August 08, 2012 10:50 AM | 1807 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia’s general primary elections were held July 31 with most counties reporting to the Secretary of State’s office by Wednesday morning, but Fulton County released its election summary report Aug. 3 and results were certified and sent to the state Aug. 6.

“We temporarily had to take our elections results off of our website because of a computer glitch,” said Fulton County Office of Communications Public Affairs Officer Alicia Phillips Friday morning.

The Fulton County election results were available online shortly after noon Friday and the results were certified and reported to the Secretary of State’s office Monday evening.

In a statement put out after certifying the votes, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections said the delay happened because to one precinct of 343 registered voters was incorrectly assigned to Senate District 56 instead of Senate District 6. District 6 included a primary election between Republicans Josh Belinfante, Drew Ellenburg and Hunter Hill. Hill won and will be running against Democrat Doug Stoner in November. District 56 did not have primaries but Republican John Albers and Democrat Akhtar Sadiq will be running against each other in November.

Also, 345 registered voters living in a 10-street area were assigned to House District 59 instead of House District 58. District 59 included a primary between Democrats Margaret Kaiser and William Phelps, which Kaiser won. District 58 held a primary between Democrats Simone Bell and Ralph Long. Bell won and will be running against Republican Earl Cooper in November.

The Fulton County Board of Elections worked with its legal counsel to make sure the outcome of these elections was not affected by the mistakes.

“The answer was no. Using the most extreme assumptions, i.e., that every misallocated voter voted, and that they all voted for the second place candidate in both of the effected contested primary elections, the winning candidate would have still won with a majority of the vote,” the statement said.

“These errors were the likely result of the reapportionment process that occurred in the General Assembly during 2012, which caused the redrawing of these four [State District] and [House District] boundaries,” the statement said. “An investigation is underway to determine the source of the problem, and insure it is corrected.”

Reapportionment occurs every 10 years and coincides with the release of the U.S. Census results.

Questions throughout the week on whether changes will be made before the November elections have not been answered.

“They haven’t given me any specifics about what they might change before November,” Phillips said Tuesday morning.
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