ATLANTA — Fulton County finished sorting through roughly 11,000 provisional ballots Saturday, certifying the results of Tuesday’s election amid criticism from state officials that it handled the vote poorly.
Members of the Board of Registrations and Elections voted unanimously to certify the official outcomes of the races during a weekend meeting in Atlanta. County officials did not immediately release the new vote counts, saying they planned to post the final results online sometime later Saturday.
Officials said new votes accepted from provisional ballots did not affect a closely watched state Senate race that will help decide whether the GOP wins a two-thirds majority in both wings of the General Assembly, allowing Republican lawmakers to overturn vetoes from the governor and propose constitutional amendments without support from Democrats.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said this week that his office has started several investigations into the Fulton County vote. His office has received complaints that voters on a statewide list did not appear on Fulton County’s electronic voter registration lists and were forced by local poll workers to cast provisional ballots.
In other cases, Kemp’s office received complaints from residents that polling officials refused to accept their required photo IDs because the address on the identity card did not match the address on their voter registration.
Board member Mary Long, a Democrat, said she did not want to focus on “the negative.”
“I’m sure that people know that there will be changes, obviously, when things don’t go the way you want them to go, there will be changes,” she said.