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ACLU: Fulton Didn't Provide Enough Notice Before Poll Changes

Jul 19, 2017

In a lawsuit, Georgia's ACLU is accusing Fulton County's Board of Registration and Elections of breaking state law.

But whether or not the board did is complicated.

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The Fulton Elections Board voted last Thursday to tweak certain precinct boundary lines and change some polling locations. The ACLU says the board didn't provide enough public notice before making the changes, and that violates state law.

Cathy Cox, Dean of Mercer University's Law School, said the rules of providing notice to the public differ for changing polling locations and altering precinct boundary lines.

"Fulton County seems like it's doing both of these things. So you have to sort out first which action you're talking about," Cox said.

Fulton County published the two required notices in two different calendar weeks, but just three days apart. Even if that follows the letter of the law, Cox said, at the very least, it seems hastily done.

Fulton County would not comment on the pending litigation.