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Fulton County's elections department makes another mistake

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Fulton County elections officials said they erroneously sent out letters to more than 170 people telling them that they were convicted felons and may not be eligible to vote.

Only a handful of those notified were, in fact, felons.

"We send that list to the counties and the counties are then tasked with verifying that list to make sure that person is a convicted felon," said Deputy Secretary of State Tim Fleming. "They start the process of having a hearing and removing that person from the voters list."  

The county confirmed it did not verify the information from the state.

"We have a responsibility to make sure that we go through those names, and we can't take for granted the list that comes to us is perfect," said Richard Barron, who took over as elections director in June.

Barron inherited a system that has been plagued by problems for years. The state continues investigating the elections department following last year's presidential election that prompted numerous complaints from voters.

While Barron admitted the county should have verified the list of convicted felons, State Sen. Vincent Fort blamed the secretary of state.

"When an upright citizen with a family goes to work every day and gets a letter saying 'you're a convicted felon' and that 'you're not going to be able to vote', they get upset," said Fort.

The lawmaker has contacted the U.S. Attorney General's Office in Washington and asked them to send monitors to police the Nov. 5 elections.

Fulton County plans to send new letters to residents who are eligible to vote.

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