The State Election Board has fined a former north Georgia prosecutor for absentee-ballot violations, rejecting a judge’s recommendation to drop the charges for lack of evidence. Albert Palmour of Summerville, now an attorney in private practice, was fined $18,000 last week and given a public reprimand for his alleged role in a 2006 election fraud case in Chattooga County.
A judge today dealt a setback to Mary Norwood‘s quest to be elected chair of the Fulton County Commission. The judge’s ruling means Norwood must collect 3,000 signatures more than before to be assured a place on the general election ballot in November.
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Republicans on the State Election Board waded into a virtual GOP smackdown this week as they argued over Georgia’s controversial citizenship checks for potential voters. At issue: Justice Department findings, reported this week, that African-Americans were 60 percent more likely than whites to be flagged by the state’s citizen-verification process, which it described as “error-laden.” […]