Precinct card problems confirmed in districts 58, 59

Updated 5 p.m.: This is a statement from Fulton County elections officials on problems in state House Districts 58 and 59:

During the course of today’s election, the Department of Registration & Elections became aware of a database error affecting approximately 300 registered voters on ten streets in Precinct 05A1/05A2 in Southeast Atlanta.

This issue affected only the State House races for a small portion of House Districts 58 and 59. No other races were affected by this issue.

After reviewing the situation, those voters impacted who have not yet voted are now able to cast their ballot on the touch screen voting machine. A senior elections official has been onsite to address voter concerns.

On Wednesday morning, the Department of Registration and Elections will begin investigating what remedial actions may need to be taken for voters impacted by this situation who already cast their ballots.

Update 4:45 p.m.: The Secretary of State’s office now confirms “significant issues” in Fulton County over voters’ being assigned to wrong precincts Tuesday.

Reports were coming in earlier in the day from Districts 58 and 59 concerning voters who under went redistricting receiving ballots from their old districts.

Jared Thomas, spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, called Political Insider’s Jim Galloway to not only confirm there have been problems but also that the office has had trouble finding out the extent of the issue because it can’t reach Fulton County election officials.

“We’re not getting any cooperation,” Thomas said.

Previous report:

Fulton County elections officials are looking into reports that redistricted voters formerly in District 58  in the Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown area were receiving precinct cards for that district instead of their new district, 59.

County elections chief Dwight Brower told the AJC the problem was being investigated. A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office declined to comment on the situation in districts 58 and 59 and referred calls to the Fulton County elections officials.

Two incumbents are competing for the Democratic nomination in the reshuffled 58th district. Simone Bell is seeking her second term representing the 58th. She faces Ralph Long, who has represented the 61st district for two terms.

In the 59th district, Incumbent Margaret Kaiser, seeking her fourth term, faces William Phelps in the Democratic primary.

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4 comments Add your comment

ls

July 31st, 2012
12:29 pm

This is incorrect- it’s voters in Reynoldstown that were formerly District 58 and are now District 59. Fulton County officials were notified in June after residents received voter registration cards in the mail that listed the wrong district. Supervisor Ralph Jones stated that they knew of the problem and that we’d receive new cards. We never did, and we are still listed incorrectly in the system.

janine brown

July 31st, 2012
1:39 pm

Yes it is people who were redistricted into 59 that are having problems. And it is not all of them. Unfortunately many folks are unaware they were redistricted and have voted on the wrong ballot. I have contacted elected officials, candidiates and the Fulton County Board of elections. I am not sure what will happen to ballots that were cast incorrectly or when they will have this corrected.

sean

July 31st, 2012
3:50 pm

Yeah there was a huge issue at the polling place today with many voters confused. Poll workers were equally confused on what to do or what to tell people.

ls

July 31st, 2012
5:27 pm

“During the course of today’s election, the Department of Registration & Elections became aware of a database error…”

This is false- I spoke to the Fulton County registration office at the end of June about this. Ralph Jones said they knew about it and would send out new, corrected cards the next week (beginning of July).