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Fulton County Gets New Elections Chief

Rick Barron will take over next month as Fulton County's new elections chief, as the department continues to deal with a state investigation into problems at the polls.

Barron tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he wants to make voting more convenient, minimize mishaps and improve transparency. He wants to increase early voting sites from six to as many as 25.

Barron was previously an elections administrator in Williamson County, Texas.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp is investigating a series of problems during last year's elections. In November, thousands of registered voters didn't appear on voter rolls, creating long lines and confusion. Fulton County used more paper ballots than the rest of the state combined.

The department has also faced internal turmoil, with five directors or interim directors in seven years.

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