Fulton County has a backlog of thousands of unprocessed voter registrations — the same type of gaffe that set off a chain reaction of failures during the November presidential election.
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In the wake of a series of elections 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 looks at new Director Rick Barron’s efforts to overhaul the office and his firing of former interim Director Sharon Mitchell.