Dear Fulton County: Please call Brian Kemp. Really.

Jared Thomas, spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp, just called to say that they’re coming across “significant issues” in Fulton County today – specifically, voters being assigned to wrong precincts.

The secretary of state’s office has attempted to contact officials at the Fulton election office, but haven’t been able to get their calls returned. “We’re not getting any cooperation,” Thomas said.

This could make for a long night, people.

If you’ve encountered any problems in your precinct, please describe them below. Meanwhile, Fulton County just sent over this statement:

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.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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74 comments Add your comment

Iftheyreallycared

July 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

Mr Thomas, if you can’t get them on the phone, leave the Gold Dome and walk the 2 blocks to the county office. DUH.

Eric Holder

July 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

I had no problems every time I voted today in Fulton, but voting in Gwinnett was much quicker today.

Road Scholar

July 31st, 2012
4:52 pm

Idiots! What’s next?

tsplost

July 31st, 2012
4:53 pm

And….. this is how tsplost got passed

Tom

July 31st, 2012
4:54 pm

Hearing about voters in the 6th Senate District being given ballots with the wrong district on it.

SOUTHSIDE

July 31st, 2012
5:01 pm

Spoke to a friend in Dekalb who had planned to vote absentee, then showed up at poll. They se.t her home to retrieve unused absentee ballot first. Wonder where THOSE go?… At 10:30am, NONE of tbe primary sample ballot PDFs on Sec. of State MVP site would load (am in Clayton). They were there before. What gives?

K-Ster

July 31st, 2012
5:05 pm

If Mary Norwood ran the county, I don’t think they’d be messing up.

Giirly girl

July 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

My precinct in Gwinnett is located at a church. They had the audacity to have a large table loaded with this church’s marketing stuff (CDs, books, etc.) with actual signs stating, “Voters, take our CDs,” and “Voters, make the choice to join us.” Not naming names, but take a guess.

Douq

July 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

I went to GA Secretary od STate’s site and Fulton County and showed I was in GA House district 56. The voters map also confirmed. I left multiple messages for “Ralph” and others at the county – no one called me back. Today, I voted and was in GA House district 55. What the _______. This is and of itself makes the entire voting process bogus

Laughing so hard it hurts

July 31st, 2012
5:08 pm

serves Brian Kemp right after the wording on the ballot gives bold writing of the Georgia preamble and then deceptively decieves the voters that TSPLOST will create jobs. You know if the businesses want to create jobs so badly why don’t they start hiring and shut up or b:) put it on their shoulders as a tax write off. All of em should be jailed for unethical corruption thru tsplost with the taxpayers money. Yes it is a double tax you fools.

LMAO

July 31st, 2012
5:09 pm

If you look closely, it’s because the general assembly gerrymandered district creating total confusion within precints.

K-Ster

July 31st, 2012
5:10 pm

How dare you complain about the Fulton Election Department, THAT’S RACIST!

justwondering

July 31st, 2012
5:12 pm

Why do the people of Fulton county continue to put up with such ineptness

AC

July 31st, 2012
5:17 pm

What I’d like to know is why on the SoS page, when I logged in I could see a nonpartisan ballot, but when I asked for it I was told I had to pick Democrat or Republican.

[...] In the mean time, I’m going to try to figure out what the heck is going on between the SOS office and Fulton County. [...]

AC

July 31st, 2012
5:18 pm

Whoops, submitted too fast. Is that something I can make a complaint about? Or do they already know Fulton is pretty inept at anything and everything?

bhowle

July 31st, 2012
5:21 pm

You cant get mad they cant HELP IT!!!!!!!!

Don't Tread

July 31st, 2012
5:24 pm

Something awry in Fulton County. They don’t hire employees based on merit – were you expecting a different result?

No news here.

You don't always get what you pay for

July 31st, 2012
5:24 pm

All was well in Cobb county.

HateThis

July 31st, 2012
5:25 pm

Every time I go to vote I’m denied an independent ballot and given a different commissioner district to vote on that the one my card says I’m in – EVERY time.

You don't always get what you pay for

July 31st, 2012
5:26 pm

And there is nothing wrong with a church having its materials in its own building. They DON’T have to let you vote there. If you don’t like it, vote absentee ballott. If I bless your heart, will you be offended by that?

Tired of BS

July 31st, 2012
5:27 pm

bless their slimy hearts.

INDEPENDENT

July 31st, 2012
5:29 pm

@AC – Same thing in Chatham County. Three separate ballots shown on County website, including nonpartisan ballot. Only two were actually available at the polling location, DEM and REP.

Real Athens

July 31st, 2012
5:30 pm

Speak to Brian Kemp or listen to him speak. He isn’t fit to manage a 7-11, much less a statewide election. Dumber than a bag of hammers, I’ll tell ya.

K-Ster

July 31st, 2012
5:33 pm

Wait, if precincts aren’t handing out the correct ballots (e.g. ‘independent’) and fudging voter’s districts, couldn’t this election possibly be argued invalid in the courts, thus having to be redone, AND cost more money?

Shayna

July 31st, 2012
5:40 pm

They were informed of this issue at the end of June when the voter registration cards were mailed. This just didn’t happen today.

Unfortunately, I was out of the loop and voted this morning for District 58 when I am now in 59. I understand the entire ballot will be tossed out, not just my vote in the race.

mark

July 31st, 2012
5:42 pm

The people in Fulton County keep putting up with this stuff because the majority of voters continue to re-elect people because they LOOK like them as opposed to being competent… while those of us who don’t vote that way are in the minority. Bring back Milton County. It can’t happen soon enough!!

Chris Matthews

July 31st, 2012
5:42 pm

I felt a tingle go up my leg when I voted “yes” for TSPLOST! Anybody have an extra cig?

Billybobjoe

July 31st, 2012
5:45 pm

Just consider the place (Fulton County) and this is where they make all the rules for the state. What can you expect from them?

Rosanne Rosanna Danna

July 31st, 2012
5:46 pm

In other news today, Mayor Reed signed into law a regulation that requires any Atlanta City worker that is either selfish, greedy, uncaring, or incompetent to vacate their job within two weeks effective August 1st. No wait – that was a just a dream. Never mind.

HateThis

July 31st, 2012
5:47 pm

I’m in Gwinnett, BTW

DeKalb Wonkette

July 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Prior to today, I checked my information on the DeKalb elections website; my districts were wrong there too but correct on the SOS site and on my actual ballot. For many voters, I think that the questions posed by the Democratic and Republican parties were confusing since they did not clearly indicate that they were non-binding questons.

Sadly, we get the government we deserve, not the one we want.

Giirly girl

July 31st, 2012
5:52 pm

Voting is a secular experience. Bless your heart back!

Mickey

July 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

I voted several times in Fulton County with no problems whatsoever.
Don’t understand what all of this fuss is about.

Russ

July 31st, 2012
6:00 pm

Why am I not surprised? Voted in Carroll county…not one issue.

Turtleman

July 31st, 2012
6:07 pm

Ye Ye Ye Ye Live Action!

Cathy Woolard

July 31st, 2012
6:08 pm

I was one of those who got the wrong ballot at the Carson Lang Center. I spent more than 4 hours at the precinct waiting from someone from Ful Co Elections to come (they are on their way) so that I could explain the multi-faceted problem. It was a nightmare and no one showed until past 3pm – and then they had no answers or leadership. Sam Westmoreland needs to be fired. He has known for over a month that there were problems with registration cards, absentee ballots, early voting and now on election day. I could write a book about the massive failure. I have the names of 20 voters that I spoke to while waiting that had (1) wrong registration cards, (2) got incorrect ballots (3) we not allowed to revote a correct ballot after the discovered the error. Really a frustrating day at the polls.

another comment

July 31st, 2012
6:14 pm

I keep on getting the registeration card from Fulton County, of the DEAD 90 year old, who died in Feb. 2010. When I first got her new precinct card a couple of months ago, I sent it back to Fulton county clearly marked Return to Sender. Then I wrote all over the back that she was dead since 2/10/10 and that she died at 90. Does that do any good, No. I received two more cards along with mine and my daughters. Today, I told them at my polling place. The lady had me fill out a change of residency card for the Dead Lady. I filled it out wrote her name, wrote that she was born in 1920 and died in Feb. 2010. The lady had me write Deseased in every possible other blank on the form. She told me that she would personally take it down, to get it filed. She also told me she appreciated me going to such lengths so try to get them to correct this.

I am sure that there are a ton of other Dead people still on the roles. I can easily google this ladie’s name and find her obituary.

Did he just say?

July 31st, 2012
6:14 pm

Did someone really just bring up Mary Norwood??? Especially when she was running for Mayor of Atlanta and not Fulton County CEO which doesn’t even exist….Know what you are talking before speaking sir even when you are wrong be on point!

Chris Sanchez

July 31st, 2012
6:21 pm

Oh the gnashing of teeth as T-SPLOST supporters feel their boondoggle slipping away….

We

July 31st, 2012
6:24 pm

Enter your comments here

another comment

July 31st, 2012
6:24 pm

I also do not understand how they can have us vote in Churches in Georgia. At least the Baptist church I had to vote in today, did not try to preach or shame you if you asked for a ballot of the other party. At the church I was assigned in Smyrna, they scorned you if you asked for a different party. They also tried to recruit. My response was that I am a Prochoice Catholic. That would get them going, then they would start to lecture me again. Then they changed my precenict to another Smyrna church that was a nightmere for anyone Handicapped. They didn’t want to let you in the elevator, but the elevator was the only way to go from the Handicapped parking.

It should not be allowed making one vote in a Church. In other states they would never think of having you vote in a Church. Where is the seperation of Church and State. Oh, I forgot Georgia is in the pocket of those Evangelical preachers. It is a state where Catholic’s aren’t Christian’s.

Zombies r peeple 2

July 31st, 2012
6:26 pm

Well, unless the dead lady shows up to vote with her ID in hand I don’t see a problem. This isn’t Chicago after all.

Citizen

July 31st, 2012
6:35 pm

I encourage everyone to read these comments in order. Is this what we have become? The racist overtones, the personal attacks, the sarcasm. How can we expect our government, our politicians and our government workers to act professionally when we ourselves act like a bunch of elementary school kids in a “nani nani boo boo” fight? Grow up, be accountable and stop being such damn hypocrits. Or, just be the kind of person who lacks a solution, treats others as inferiors and wins at all costs. You will get the government you deserve.

MysteryMoves

July 31st, 2012
6:36 pm

I didn’t have any problems voting NO for TSPLOST!

To another comment

July 31st, 2012
6:37 pm

Separation of church and state was meant to keep the government from telling you what religion to practice…not a church telling you how to vote.

netdragon

July 31st, 2012
6:39 pm

I heard people in Reynoldstown are consistently getting the wrong ballots.

In my opinion, Fulton county needs to go through each and every ballot and offer a revote to people that got the wrong ballots.

earthworx

July 31st, 2012
6:47 pm

@Citizen Hear hear!

Eric "Clueless" Holder

July 31st, 2012
6:48 pm

My staff tells me that some of the Black Panther poll watchers are only be allowed to vote three times in Fulton County. Everyone needs to know that I may look into this.

Gary A. Willis

July 31st, 2012
6:49 pm

In Brantley County I declared democrat but was given a republican ballot on the machine. I said so to the the poll workers and it was corrected. However, it gives one pause to wonder.