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|State investigation into Fulton election errors includes gay candidate races|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|August 07, 2012 23:05|
The Secretary of State is investigating errors made by Fulton County elections officials in the July 31 primary including races with gay candidates.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "results showed several of Fulton's precincts had a voter turnout greater than 100 percent, including one with a 23,300 percent turnout."
The state is specifically investigating the Democratic primary for House District 58, which openly gay Rep. Simone Bell won with 58.7 percent of the vote. According to the AJC, 345 voters in a small section of Reynoldstown were incorrectly sent to vote in the District 59 race.
In the Democratic primary between gay candidate Ken Britt and "Able" Mable Thomas for House District 56, some absentee voters reported being wrongly sent ballots for the House District 57 race between Reps. Pat Gardner and Rashad Taylor.
Taylor, who is gay, lost to Gardner by a vote of 37.23 percent to 62.77 percent. Britt, a first-time candidate, lost to Thomas, a former state representative, 35.28 percent to 64.72 percent.
It is not known if the investigation will change final results.
Photo: State Rep. Simone Bell with volunteers from her campaign waiting for election returns at Manuel's Tavern on July 31. (by Dyana Bagby)
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