• Lankford loses appeal for November runoff

    By: Dave Huddleston


    ATLANTA - A judge has dismissed former Fulton County Sheriff Richard Lankford's appeal to the court to have a runoff election Nov. 6.

    Lankford said the July primary was filled with voter irregularities, like lost votes and mishandled polling machines.

    He lost the election by about 50 votes and demanded a runoff.

    But in Fulton County Superior Court Wednesday, the attorney representing Fulton County, Lee Parks, revealed Lankford's defense team had not filed the proper paperwork with the state elections board.

    They were required to send a letter of intent to the elections board prior to today's hearing.

    They asked the judge if they could file it Wednesday and then delay the hearing.

    But Parks said if the court case is delayed, the county would not have enough time to print November ballots and they would be forced to hold a special election, costing Fulton County taxpayers at least $500,000.

    The judge agreed with the county and dismissed the appeal.

    "That's disappointing; that's hurting, and as you can see from the courtroom, I had a lot of supporters who were here on my behalf, as well, who I'm sure are just as disappointed," Lankford said after the court hearing.

    Lankford said he's deciding whether to appeal the court's decision.

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