Investigation of DeKalb election problems stalled

An investigation into allegations of DeKalb County voting irregularities remains unresolved, 14 months after it was launched.

In the meantime, residents are waiting for answers after an elections employee alleged voting materials were mishandled and voters were turned away from the polls.

The election on Nov. 3, 2015, included a tight referendum on cityhood for LaVista Hills, but a voting machine seized by state agents came from a Dunwoody precinct. The LaVista Hills incorporation effort was defeated by 139 votes.

The delay in the investigation is caused by a dispute between the Georgia Secretary of State's Office and a DeKalb judge. State officials have asked for election materials to be turned over, but Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie has said they need to go through an official legal process.

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