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Secretary of State wants voters to trust in the process in Tuesday's runoff

Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden has a direct message for voters ahead of Tuesday's high-stakes runoff election.

In an exclusive interview with Channel 2's Aaron Diamant, Crittenden tells voters they should feel good about the process and should trust in it.

“I hope that since I’ve been here in office that people have felt that it has been a very transparent process, that there has been integrity in the process, and that we have been complying with the law," she said.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Crittenden as the state’s top election official after now Governor-elect Brian Kemp resigned a day after declaring victory in a contentious razor thin race.

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“It has been a challenge. It’s been a challenge to kind of get a handle on everything and see where things were, what things could use a little more clarity," she said.

The post-general election drama included a series of voting-rights lawsuits filed by Democrats.

Crittenden agreed to a settlement in the latest case.

Under the deal, all absentee ballots for the runoff postmarked by Tuesday, and received by county election offices by Friday, will be counted.

“I think the right decision was made for the benefit of the voters, and I’m comfortable with the decision that I made," she said.

Crittenden told us she doesn’t expect the same level of turnout for the runoff between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensperger as we saw in the general election.

Still, her latest directive to county elections offices was clear.

“To prepare as if we were going to see numbers like we saw in November.”

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