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After surprise withdrawal, Fulton elections director finalist shares his thoughts about the embattled office

Durham County N.C. Election Director Derek Bowens, left, talks to Donald Palmer of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission about his election office's award-winning Early Voting Wait Time Tracker. (Facebook screengrab by Tammy Joyner)

Derek Bowens is no stranger to election problems, public attacks and federal investigations. The veteran elections administrator set in motion a turnaround plan to rescue Durham County, N.C.’s elections operation soon after becoming its election director in 2017.

But just two weeks ago, he withdrew from consideration for the open position to head the embattled Fulton County elections office.

“I came to Durham when it was, in theory, a very, very bad place,” Bowens told Atlanta Civic Circle. “After the 2016 presidential election, Durham got some national attention for some poll worker failures on Election Day and some election results issues.”

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