The state has launched an investigation of possible tampering in the LaVista Hills cityhood referendum, according to

The cityhood proposal was defeated Nov. 3 in a razor-thin margin of under 1 percent. A DeKalb County elections supervisor reported finding an unsecured memory card containing votes that may not have been counted, according to That has triggered an investigation by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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