During the long search for a qualified professional to lead Fulton County’s troubled elections office, the operation may have fallen into even worse shape than its critics realized.
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In the wake of a series of election errors last year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution dug deep into issues surrounding the Fulton County Registration and Elections Department. By poring over documents, analyzing voter spreadsheets and interviewing experts, county officials, poll workers and voters, the AJC has exposed flaws in the department’s handling of elections and with the oversight board’s hiring of former Director Sam Westmoreland. This story sheds light on why new Director Rick Barron abruptly fired former interim Director Sharon Mitchell, and what that means for voters heading to the polls this fall.
Fulton County will run elections this year for:
- Atlanta Board of Education
- East Point
- Johns Creek
- Sandy Springs
- Union City
(Chatthoochee Hills, College Park, Mountain Park and Palmetto all run their own elections.)