The Georgia Secretary of State is investigating a complaint about a hot dog cart passing out free hot dogs to voters in the City of Douglasville mayoral race.
A Secretary of State’s office spokesman confirmed that an investigation has been opened into mayoral candidate Rochelle Robinson’s campaign having a vendor pass out hot dogs at a polling place.
“I was doing a thank you to the community for voting and so someone gave me an in-kind gift of hot dogs,” [mayoral candidate Rochelle Robinson] said. “I was going to the different places in the city, passing out hot dogs to people… I had approval from the health department three weeks ago in addition to talking with the city. The person was a licensed vendor. He does events for the Georgia Dome and the Atlanta Falcons and the World Congress Center so he’s a reputable business.”
Douglas County Board of Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton said Wednesday the board was unaware that hot dogs would be passed out at a polling location.
“When we were notified that this was happening, we made a call to the Secretary of State Elections Division offices and they have asked the Inspector General’s office to look into it,” Fulton said.
[Opposing candidate] Harvey Persons admitted to calling the Douglas County Board of Elections about the issue. He explained that voters called him with concerns and questions about the presence of vendor at a couple of polling places and whether it was allowed.
In the general election, Rochelle Robinson took 36% of the vote to Persons’s 26%; the two will meet again in a runoff election on December 6th. No word yet on Ms. Robinson’s plans to cater the runoff.