“When a voter walks in a polling place and gets the voting card and puts it in the machine, they ought to see all the elections they are eligible to vote in," Fort said. "Anything less is voter suppression.”
In records supplied by the Fort campaign, a voter who communicated with his team said Fulton poll workers appeared to think the special Democratic primary election was an error. The voter told poll workers that a race was missing from their ballot, so poll workers called the secretary of state’s office and the Fulton County Board of Elections before recalibrating their voter card to include the special election.
Fulton officials said poll workers should inform 39th District voters about the special election. “At the request of the secretary of state’s office, voters in the 39th District are advised that there is a partisan primary on the Nov. 3 ballot and that they are eligible to participate,” county spokesperson Jessica Corbitt said. “They are then given a choice as to whether they wish to participate in the Democratic primary or not.”
Officials from the secretary of state’s office say the special election is following the typical procedure, which is different than other ballot measures because the contest is a Democratic primary.
“When there is a partisan special election, it is a different and separate ballot," Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said. “I don’t believe Democrats want a bunch of Republicans to vote in their Democrat special election.”
If necessary, a runoff for the Democratic primary special election will be held Dec. 1.