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Secretary of State takes blame in Fulton Co. ballot mix up


Plagued by voting problems over the years, Fulton County again reported a major mistake during Tuesday's elections, but this time, it wasn't the county's fault.

Voters who showed up at Epworth United Methodist Church in Candler Park Tuesday morning received the wrong ballots. Candidates listed were from other districts, not theirs.

"It's a big mess," said Christian Enterkin, who is running for Atlanta City Council. "This is a big mess."

Late Tuesday, Secretary of State Brian Kemp confirmed a worker in his office made a data entry mistake that caused the ballot mix up.

"It caused a few individuals in certain precincts in the city of Atlanta to get coded into the wrong place," said Kemp. "So when they went to vote, they got the wrong ballot."

"It'd disappointing, but it's human error. We're not perfect in the Secretary of State's Office," Kemp said. "We're going to find out exactly how many people it affected and just continue to deal with it on our end."

Earlier Tuesday, Fulton County's elections director held a news conference to discuss the problem.

"As far as this goes, I know that we did our job on this one," said Richard Barron. "Unfortunately, it is going to be a black cloud."

Barron said few other problems were reported.

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