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Georgia election issues ranged from pictures at polls to NAACP investigation

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office is investigating more than 20 cases of voting irregularities at polling places across the state. 

Eight of the counties in metro Atlanta reported irregularities at polling places. Across the entire state, 25 complaints about the 2016 General election remain open, according to documents obtained by CBS46.

Two complaints each exist in Cobb, Fulton, Henry, Clayton and Putnam counties; 22 different counties have open investigations with the secretary of state's office.

What were the complaints?

One of the complaints that appeared the most on the list: Prohibition of photography. It's illegal in Georgia to take photos of the ballot. 

We're not saying the five complaints citing prohibition on photography were all due to ballot selfies, but it is worth mentioning here that they're illegal. Officials in Georgia instead encouraged voters to #PostThePeach, with a photo of their "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker.

Another complaint category that popped up frequently was that of problems with Logic and Accuracy testing of voting machines. Baldwin, Clayton, Cobb and Putnam all reported issues with the testing of the tabulation and running of the machines Georgians used to vote.

A felon reportedly voted in Lanier County. A couple of voters who, according to documents, live in Chicago, tried to cast ballots in Cobb County. At least one voter in Fulton County was told they had already voted. 

NAACP named in complaint by Secretary of State

One complaint, apparently stemming from voter registrations of high school students near the Georgia coast by the NAACP, lists the Secretary of State's office as the complainant.

The Islander reported that the Secretary of State investigated between 30 and 50 registrations by the NAACP at Glynn Academy and Brunswick High School after forms were reportedly kept beyond the deadline to register.

According to one parent, students were even asked to illegally backdate some of those registration forms. 

She added that when she called the school about the concern, she was told the NAACP and/or the Democrat Party had conducted the drive in September and that “the directive to backdate the forms came from a higher up on the Glynn County Board of Education and that the Board of Elections would accept the backdated forms.”

Check out the full list of the complaints and a map of where they all took place here. 

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