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Elections director resigning in Georgia’s Fulton County

In this Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, Fulton County Georgia election chief Rick Barron talks to...
In this Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, Fulton County Georgia election chief Rick Barron talks to reporters as workers scan ballots during a presidential recount in Atlanta. Officials in Georgia's most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 10:05 AM EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say the elections director in Georgia’s most populous county will step down at the end of the year.

The county has been under intense scrutiny for its handling of elections.

Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chair Robb Pitts announced Wednesday that Fulton County Registration & Elections Director Rick Barron submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 31.

The announcement came a day after municipal elections that saw short lines and few problems.

The county is a Democratic stronghold that includes most of the city of Atlanta.

It has a history of problems and has long been a target of Republicans, who have complained of sloppiness and mismanagement.

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