Fulton County sends some voters to wrong polls - CBS46 News

Fulton County sends some voters to wrong polls

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The head of Fulton County's elections department said nearly 15,000 voters received registration cards directing them to the wrong poll locations.

"The election turnout this year won't really be tremendous, but nobody wants to show up to vote and then have to ask if they're in the right place or whether or not they're registered," said Myron Cook, an East Point city councilman who voted early on Wednesday. "That should be cleared up way before the last minute."

Fulton County officials said the county relies on the state's computer system. They told CBS Atlanta News the state somehow failed to input new data for voters who were recently redistricted.

"I would definitely like to see us have our own voter registration system, and I think it would be beneficial to the state to allow for that so that there aren't slowdowns," said Elections Director Richard Barron.

The latest problem comes as the secretary of state's office continues investigating problems with the 2012 elections in the county.

Among the complaints reported last year: no records of many registered voters, a shortage of paper ballots and confused poll workers who let long lines form.

Barron said the county will mail out cards with the correct polling locations on Friday, so they will arrive well before the Nov. 5 election.

"The one thing we're encouraging voters to do is vote early," said Barron. "If there is a problem with their registration, we have more time to research it and correct it."

Many voters said they are tired of the problems.

"Be accountable, get everything right for the people," said James Lewis. "The people deserve it."

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