Secretary Of State Investigates Fulton County Election Results

ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)Fulton County certified its election results from the July 31 primary, but it still missed the state’s deadline to avoid potential fines. Now the Georgia Secretary of State’s office says it will investigate.

According to the AJC, “It’s certainly troubling to us. We have deadlines for the count to be completed,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Fulton was the last county in Georgia to declare its results official, almost a week after voters went to the polls.

Fulton election officials were still counting votes this past weekend and were slow to input some of the early ballots.

Kemp says he has a launched a formal investigation into the delay. He sent investigators in last week to monitor the vote counting process.

Fulton is holding a recount of the primary for sheriff between Richard Lankford and incumbent Ted Jackson which will get underway on Wednesday and is expected to last two days.  Jackson won the race, but barely got more than the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff with Lankford.

Fulton County can expect to be called before the State Board of Elections to try to explain what went wrong.

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