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Fulton County elections officials: Voting went smoothly

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FULTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

After scores of voting problems reported in recent years, Fulton County elections officials said Tuesday's primary went smoothly.

"We have to keep in mind there's no such thing as a perfect election," said Richard Barron, director of elections. "I don't expect everything to be a rose garden overnight but I think things are going well." 

The Secretary of State investigated the county after the 2012 presidential election. That year, hundreds of voters waited for hours then found out the county had no record of their registration. The county also ran out of ballots and poll workers were criticized for being unprepared.

"It was very easy," said Geneva Grayson, who voted in southwest Atlanta. "Just walk right in, got straight through."  

Barron said since he took over the elections office a year ago, he has implemented better training for staff members.

"We put them through about three hours of training and it's hands-on with the equipment," said Barron. "They go through provisional ballots, and we make sure that they're prepared to go out in the field." 

Barron said his staff also works more closely with the Secretary of State's office to keep voter information updated.

"Their staff and our staff have a great interest in making sure the elections in Fulton County are successful, and that's the partnership that we formed and we're committed to," said Barron.

The director vowed to make any necessary improvements before the general election in November.

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