ATLANTA - A Fulton County resident claims he waited in line for hours and then was told he couldn't cast his vote.
FOX 5 News first reported about the complaint filed by David Lewis on Wednesday. Friday night, FOX 5 News received confirmation Fulton County has launched an investigation.
Lewis said he waited in line at the Lang-Carson precinct for about an hour before stepping out for water.
As he tried to walk back inside he was confronted by a poll worker who denied him access stating Lewis was just showing up for the first time, which was after the 7 p.m. cutoff.
Lewis said he provided his ballot forms as proof, as well as showing the worker that his bike had been parked there for an hour.
FOX 5 News received this statement from Fulton County which reads:
"Fulton County Registration & Elections staff has begun a preliminary investigation of the incident at the Lang-Carson Community Center Election Day.
“The poll manager at the location said he was monitoring the line since 6:50 p.m. and saw the voter attempt to enter the line at 7:07 p.m. after he announced the polls closed and cut off the line, telling the voter that he could not vote, because he was not in line by 7 p.m.
“The manager says it was at that point the voter became verbally abusive and disruptive.
“We regret any incident that occurred...But we also would like to remind voters that proper procedure needs to be followed to protect the rights of all who head to the polls."
Lewis filed an official complaint with the department of justice, which confirmed it is investigating his claims.