Georgia investigates 2020 Fulton County ballot box forms
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is investigating whether Fulton County monitored mail-in ballots returned to drop boxes for the 2020 presidential election.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the investigation was necessary because the Fulton County election leadership “fails[ed] voters in Fulton County and voters in Georgia, “leaving a vacuum that required” new leadership to step up and take charge. “
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot transfer documents will be fully investigated, as we have done with other counties that broke the rules and Georgia’s ballot box regulations. This cannot continue, “he said. tweeted Monday afternoon.
Fulton County officials say the investigation, which will focus only on ballot transfer forms rather than the ballots themselves, is unnecessary.
“Fulton County followed procedures for collecting mail-in ballots from Fulton County drop boxes,” Fulton spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez Told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We are keeping a large amount of paperwork and (researching) our records from last year to produce the ballot transfer forms.”
Raffensperger did not specify which “new revelations” he was referring to, but the investigation follows a item from the Georgia Star News, a conservative website, questioning the county’s handling of drop box forms.
“One Star News Analysis Mail-order ballot transfer forms deposited in drop boxes provided by Fulton County in response to an open registration request showed that 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms that the Fulton County should have provided are missing, “the article reads after reporting that a Fulton County election official admitted that” a few forms are missing “and that” some court documents may have been misplaced. “
The dispute is one of several involving alleged voting differences in Peach State.
An active court case centers on fears that thousands of fraudulent mail-in ballots may have been cast in densely populated Georgia County. Last month, Superior Court Judge Brian Amero granted a motion to unseal the higher-resolution images of 147,000 mail-in ballots from the 2020 Fulton County election so they can be “Forensic analysis“, according to the co-founder of VoterGA, Garland Favorito, one of the plaintiffs in this case.
The depositions in the case were then postponed when the litigants came to an agreement in which the plaintiffs agreed to postpone until the judge held a hearing on a motion to dismiss the case filed by Fulton County attorneys. A hearing is scheduled for June 21.
Among those to be dropped off were Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea Moss, election workers who worked in the mail-counting room at State Farm Arena and who were distinguished by former President Donald Trump and his allies as they alleged competition fraud.
The Trump campaign has filed several court challenges alleging widespread electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election, most of which were dismissed by the courts.
Trump clashed with Raffensperger over the scrutiny of the 2020 election, sparking controversy when the then president called the secretary of state on the phone to lobby the top elections official in the country. ‘State so that he “finds” enough votes to undo his loss. President Joe Biden, the first Democratic presidential candidate to lead the state in decades. A criminal investigation was opened in February.
Raffensperger is set for re-election in 2022, and Trump has endorsed the challenger Rep. Jody Hice in March.
“One of our most distinguished members of Congress, Jody Hice, has announced that he is running for Secretary of State for the Great State of Georgia. Jody has been a steadfast fighter for Georgia’s conservative values and is a staunch ally of the America First agenda. Unlike the current Georgian Secretary of State, Jody leads the front with integrity, ”Trump said. mentionned in a statement released by its Save America PAC.
Biden won Georgia by about 12,000 votes, a count confirmed in several recounts and certified by the state. Yet despite criticism from Trump and his allies for not doing enough to crack down on alleged frauds in the state, Raffensperger’s office previously had ad surveys in counties other than Fulton. The Secretary of State has opened investigations into Coffee, Grady and Taylor counties after saying they “failed to complete their mail-in ballot transfer forms in violation of Georgia’s rules and regulations.” .
“From day one, I made securing the Georgian elections a top priority and I haven’t stopped working since,” he said at the time. “While the overwhelming majority of counties have done what they were supposed to do, it demonstrates that further steps need to be taken to fully secure our elections. Securing elections is a job that is never really done.”
Georgia has traditionally been a Republican-leaning state, but it continued to lean towards blue this year when Democratic challengers ousted two sitting GOP incumbents in the second round of the state’s US Senate in January.
Representatives from the Raffensperger and Fulton County office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
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