• Fulton Co. election officials oversee recount

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    ATLANTA - Fulton County elections officials are in the middle of a recount after some questionable numbers in the county’s turnout percentages and a very tight race for sheriff.

    Channel 2’s Lori Geary spent the day at the Fulton Election Prep Center in northwest Atlanta as officials worked to confirm final numbers, which they expect to have by 6 p.m.

    Sheriff candidate Richard Lankford said he is already unsatisfied with the undetermined outcome.

    “I have no belief in this system. I do not seriously believe that the recount using the same system that messed up so many numbers is going to yield any different results that what we’ve seen at this point,” Lankford said.

    Lankford requested the recount, but said he is already skeptical of the outcome, because officials are using the same system. The system took the county six days to certify its vote count, which came out with questionable voter turnout percentages, including a 3,300 percent turnout for one precinct.

    “If you cannot trust the voting process once you become a candidate, there’s no reason to run for office at this point,” Lankford said.

    The Secretary of State’s Office also sent investigators to observe the recount, which includes more than 6,000 absentee and provisional ballots.

    Lankford said, based on the original count, he was 37 votes shy of a run-off against incumbent Ted Jackson. He said he is not giving up, even after the recount numbers are tabulated.

    “We’re going to object to the Secretary of State’s Office. We’re going to object to the U.S. Department of Justice. If we have to, we’re going to have to move to have the recount thrown out and possibly void the whole election,” Lankford said.

    A representative for Jackson’s campaign also spent the day observing the recount.


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