Reports that the name of who is being investigated by the Secretary of State’s office in relation to voter fraud in Chattooga County has been confirmed are false according to the latest statement released by the Secretary of State’s office. A Rome based web site had reported that they had “confirmed” who was being investigated – however the Rome News Tribune is reporting today that no name has been released by the Secretary of State’s office.
AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio had spoke with the general council to Secretary of State Karen Handle on Tuesday. At that time it was confirmed that an investigation is on-going, however the spokesman for Handle said “no name can be released because it is an on-going investigation.”
The Rome News Tribune stated today – “Secretary of State Spokeswoman Whitney Halterman said a new case was opened this year, but any reports that the agency has named the focus of the investigation are false.”
In the Carlton Vines election case the vote was decided by absentee ballots. However no other race was decided by the absentee ballot total.
All the candidates who won in the last election were elected to their respective offices without the absentee ballots making a major difference in the outcome of the election unlike the Vines election in 2006.
An investigation can be initiated by the Secretary of State’s office by a complaint being filed by any citizen.