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Fulton Elections Board Votes To Fire Barron, But If It Has Authority To Do So Remains Unclear

Fulton County election chief Richard Barron listens to a question during a Nov. 25 press conference while workers scan ballots behind him.
Fulton County election chief Richard Barron listens to a question during a Nov. 25 press conference while workers scan ballots behind him.
Credit Ben Gray / Associated Press file

Images of voters last June, standing, sweating and waiting in line upwards of eight hours to vote made international news.

At the time, problems at the polls had many calling on Fulton County to fire its head of elections, Richard Barron. Fast forward nine months, after some half-dozen or more elections, and weeks of false accusations of fraud lobbed by former President Donald Trump, and it would appear Barron might get the last laugh.

Until this week, when the Fulton Elections board voted to hand Barron a pink slip.

WABE reporter Johnny Kauffman spent months planting himself in the center of an elections department where every move by Barron was scrutinized, every piece of footage scanned for error and every update anticipated as the nation had its eye on Georgia’s elections.

WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress spoke with Kauffman about if the board has the authority to fire Barron, and what he’ll be watching in the coming weeks.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.