Fulton County election official told The Georgia Star News on Wednesday that a “few forms are missing” and “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
The biggest takeaway from the report is the “total number of absentee ballots whose chain of custody was purportedly documented in these 385 missing Fulton County absentee ballot transfer forms was 18,901” votes.
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President Joe Biden defeated his predecessor by less than 12,000 votes in Georgia. This probe into Georgia’s most populous county is just one of several investigations state officials opened in the months, including one into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the 2020 election.
Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger opened an investigation into Fulton County for allegedly violating state rules “requiring absentee ballot drop box transfer forms to be filled out.” Georgia Secretary of State’s office noted that the probe had “announced similar investigations in Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties a few months ago,” to confirm the probe.
“Restoring confidence in our elections is going to be impossible as long as Fulton County’s elections leadership continues to fail the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia. They need new leadership to step up and take charge,” Raffensperger wrote in a tweet on Monday.
In another tweet, he added, “New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue.” Fulton County spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez said in a statement that the county “followed procedures for the collection of absentee ballots from Fulton County drop boxes.”
Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts criticized the Secretary of State’s probe. “It appears that Secretary of State Raffensperger is laying the groundwork for a hostile takeover of Fulton County’s Board of Registrations & Elections,” Pitts said in a statement. “His comrades in this fight are conspiracy theorists who promote the same Big Lie that he purportedly doesn’t believe. The votes have been counted three times, including a hand recount, and President Biden came out ahead every time. Given the results in 2020, I would suggest he focus more on the next election than relitigating this last one.”