DeKalb County will have a new, functional ethics board by the end of the year.

There were still tens of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in DeKalb on Wednesday. But voters had overwhelmingly supported the latest proposal to reshape ethics oversight in the county.

Among other things, the measure fixes the problematic appointment process that has hamstrung the local ethics board — which investigates complaints against county employees and elected officials — for more than two years.