Voter registration mistake goes unnoticed for 46 years - CBS46 News

Voter registration mistake goes unnoticed for 46 years

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Peter Wright is a white man who is registered to vote as an African-American. 

The mistake went unnoticed for 46 years, until CBS46 brought it to the attention of Fulton County's Board of Elections.

“Mary Norwood is a friend of my wife and myself,” Wright says. “And she called my wife up and said, do you realize that, on the voter rolls, your husband is listed as being African-American.”

Wright says he wasn't sure what to think. “It's possible it was a clerical error by somebody in the distant past. But maybe it was something more nefarious,” he says.

The Coalition for Good Governance, a non-partisan group advocating for election integrity, says Wright and four others had their race listed wrong.

A Fulton County Elections Director says, "We discovered that unfortunately his race was incorrectly entered. That typo happened in the registration office in 1972."

As a taxpayer and voter, Wright just wants to make sure mistakes are caught, and not 46 years later.

"It may not be a big deal, but it's just an indication that all is not 100 percent with the voting records," says Wright. 

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