By Valencia Jones

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The high-profiled race for Atlanta’s mayor is just one election coming to a head on Election Day on November 2, 2021. Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts shares what voters can expect and responds to ongoing criticism from last year’s election.

Metro Atlanta voters are ready to hit the polls to decide on several key races. “It is important to pay attention to not just to like the big people, like the president, your senators, Congress, but also city council, because they have influence over your children’s schools,” said Fulton County Resident Grace Hensel. Pitts says 2,500 volunteers are working at 250 precincts along with bi-partisan poll watchers in Fulton County. “We’ve gone through extensive training with those that will be working on Election Day. We will have a technician at each of the precincts, in case there’s a problem with the equipment,” he said. “The point of all this was to ensure the voters that once they cast their vote, that the vote, number one, is gonna be counted, but that they have a really safe and really secure voting experience.”

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The county is expecting a smaller turnout compared to last year’s Presidential Election, when all eyes were on Fulton and the county ultimately put President Joe Biden and Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in office. However, Pitts says election officials are facing a new challenge, in terms of Georgia’s new election law, which cuts the number of drop boxes and imposes strict reporting deadlines. He also says backlash from former President Donald Trump and his repeated claims of widespread fraud are also a challenge. “That’s all about continuing to perpetuate the big lie,” he said.

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Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has also accused Fulton County of mismanaging its elections and most recently of shredding election applications. Pitts says it’s political. “What he’s doing now is anything that he can do to curry favor with the former president. It’s all about getting ready for next year’s elections, the 2022 elections,” said Pitts. “In spite of all of that, Fulton County is on track to once again have a very successfully administered election,” he added.

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Pitts says they’re also prepared for a potential runoff between Atlanta’s top two mayoral candidates. Voters will also decide the outcome of hotly-contested mayoral races in South Fulton, Sandy Springs and other cities on November 2.