Investigation launched into Atlanta mayoral runoff race - CBS46 News

Investigation launched into Atlanta mayoral runoff race

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The Georgia Secretary of State Office has launched an investigation into December's runoff election in the race for mayor of Atlanta between Mary Norwood and eventual winner Keisha Lance Bottoms.

A spokeswoman would not provide any other details other than to say the investigation was based on new information.

In December, some voters in Fulton County didn't receive their absentee ballots in the mail until after the election was over. Of course, the race for mayor was very close as Lance Bottoms won by around 800 votes.

Norwood requested a recount, citing discrepancies in absentee ballots and addresses. She also requested a complete review of all of the voter certifications. Because the margin of victory was within one percent, Norwood was legally entitled to a recount.

Norwood picked up five votes and Bottoms lost six in Fulton County in the recount. DeKalb results remained the same. The totals after the recount showed Bottoms with 46,661 votes, or 50.44 percent, and Norwood with 45,840 votes, or 49.56 percent.

Norwood sent CBS46 News a statement on the investigation that reads: "When there are concerns about elections, they should be investigated. They should be resolved and we should have the resolution presented to the public, so that the public has confidence in the fairness of the process."

The Secretary of State's Office sent CBS46 News this statement confirming the investigation:

"Thus far, our investigators have opened three State Election Board cases into alleged election law violations concerning the run-off," said Candice Broce with the Secretary of State's Office. "One case concerns an absentee ballot request in Fulton County. Another case concerns public access to tabulation in Fulton County. The last case involves the use of provisional ballots in DeKalb County."

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