Secretary of State Recovers
‘Active’ Fulton County Voter Registration Cards
Voters’ personal information exposed
Investigation initiated immediately
Atlanta, GA – Secretary of State Karen Handel today initiated an
investigation regarding the disposal of approximately 75,000 voter
registration application cards. The investigation will be led by the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation (GBI), in conjunction with the Fulton County
Solicitor General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Inspector General.
The seized voter registration cards contain the voter’s full name, address
and complete Social Security Number. A preliminary review of a random
sampling of the cards by investigators in the Secretary of State’s office
revealed that many of the discarded cards and forms are for active voters.
“This represents a significant and serious breach of the personal
information of Fulton County voters and an outrageous violation of the trust
and integrity of Fulton County’s elections,” Secretary of State Karen Handel
“I am grateful that the GBI and the Solicitor General’s office will lead the
investigation into these issues and look forward to working with their
offices in the aggressive pursuit of the facts,” Secretary Handel continued.
“Additionally, because this breach also creates serious concerns about the
overall operations of the Fulton County Elections Office, we will conduct an
independent audit of the office to examine its policies and procedures,
particularly the maintenance and security of records and information,”
Secretary Handel said.
The Secretary of State’s Inspector General’s office, acting on a call from a
concerned citizen, recovered more than 30 boxes of voter registration
application cards, voter precinct cards, and other forms and documents from
a construction dumpster located in South Atlanta late Monday evening.
In a letter dated April 11, 2007, Secretary Handel asked Fulton County
Chairman John Eaves and Fulton County to immediately begin contacting all
Fulton County voters of the potential exposure of their personal
information. Fulton County voters are encouraged to visit
to learn more information about protecting themselves from potential