Ga. county tries to recover from election problems

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Updated: Sun, 18 May 2014 03:15:15 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Tuesday's primary is the largest test yet for a Georgia county where past voting problems remain under investigation by state officials.

Fulton County officials say new leadership, overhauled staff training and extensive checks of the county's voter registration records all will ensure a smooth day at the polls on Tuesday.

The county typically tilts Democratic, but Fulton Republicans say success in their area is essential to the seven GOP Senate candidates competing for two spots in an expected runoff election.

Loud complaints about the way elections were conducted in 2010 and 2012 put Fulton County under scrutiny. Accusations of incorrect ballots, long lines and problems with provisional ballots are in the hands of the state attorney general.

Rick Barron, who was hired in June to run the Fulton elections division, said the county has made its own fixes.

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