Fulton County has yet to certify its election results from last week's primary, and Georgia’s secretary of state wants to know why.
Brian Kemp has announced he's launching an investigation into the Fulton County Board of Elections.
“This process does not usually take this long and every time we've worked out a deadline with them, it's been moved,” Kemp said.
County authorities said some delays were caused by the process of counting early ballots, or votes that were cast before Election Day.
At last check, the election board said it would certify results by 6:30 p.m., making it the last county in the state to do so since Tuesday's primary election. Officials were previously set to certify results by noon Saturday.
A candidate for the county’s sheriff position said the delays raise concerns.
“If you run an election and you lose on fair grounds, you don't have any reason to cry foul, but when you see these irregularities going on, they raise suspicions in your mind,” Richard Lankford said.
He is awaiting the official results of his race against incumbent Ted Jackson. Lankford missed a runoff by only seven-tenths of 1 percent.
“I think that's too close to not call for a runoff at this point,” Lankford said. “We aren't going to give up the fight until we make sure every ballot is recounted.”