In Walker County, a formal complaint about who watches the election polls

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Walker County Commission candidate Shannon Whitfield is under investigation over some allegedly improper activity during the May 24 Republican primary.

The Georgia Secretary of State's Office on Sept. 8 opened an inquiry about poll watchers in the county. The filing with the statewide elections office does not provide any further details on the allegations, but LaFayette radio station WQCH reported Whitfield is the target of the case.

"We have opened a formal investigation into the matter," Secretary of State spokeswoman Candice Broce told the Times Free Press in an email Friday. "I cannot disclose additional details until the case is referred for review in front of the State Election Board."

Jim Buckner, chairman of the Walker County elections board, said a state investigator contacted the local elections office earlier this month, asking about whether two people monitored polling sites on May 24 without permission.