by: Lori Geary Updated:FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —
Channel 2 Action News has learned exclusively that Georgia's secretary of state made an unusual move by issuing subpoenas to the interim Fulton County elections director and several office employees.
Within the last hour, Channel 2’s Lori Geary obtained copies of six of the subpoenas at Sec. of State Brian Kemp's office at the Capitol. Fulton County interim elections director Sharon Mitchell was subpoenaed three times. Former elections director Sam Westmoreland was also served this morning.
Kemp told Geary the other subpoenas went out last night, just two weeks before Fulton County will go before the state elections board to explain what went wrong in the July primary and the November election.
Hundreds of voters were assigned to the wrong districts and thousands were forced to vote on paper ballots even though they had registered.
Kemp said he's frustrated that Fulton County refuses to turn over documents so he issued the subpoenas to make sure Mitchell and five high-ranking employees will be at the hearing later this month with the documents.
All this couldn't come at a worse time for the Fulton County Elections Division, authorities said. On Friday, the Board Chairman Roderick Edmond announced he's resigning as soon as they find a replacement.
Officials said the selection process is still underway to find a new elections director after Westmoreland, the former elections director, resigned in August while he was in jail for probations issues surrounding a DUI.