It was touted as the most secure election in Georgia’s history; it was not. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told their residents to ignore their fellow citizens as they cried for someone to pay attention to the severe mishandling of the 2020 general election.
Fulton County is one of Georgia’s largest counties- and not coincidentally an area where many of the election fraud accusations originated. The Georgia Star News broke the story back in March that “state and county officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain-of-custody documents for an estimated 404,691 vote by mail absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and subsequently delivered to county registrars for counting.”
Now Georgia Star News (GSN) reports that after analyzing a “thumb drive” provided to GSN through an Open Records Request fulfilled by Fulton County. The report said that analysis of the drive contained 30 files that were supposed to include all 159 counties’ “chain-of-custody documents, known as absentee ballot dropbox transfer forms,” from the 2020 General election.
Fulton County’s information showed that County election workers made 1,565 separate pick-ups and drop-offs from the 37 dropbox location in Fulton County to the county registrar. The report explains that “each of these 1,565 separate and unique transfers should have a corresponding absentee ballot transfer form.”
Every absentee ballot transfer form should be complete with a signature from the county election worker that made the pick-up and drop-off, as well as a signature from the county registrar who verified the drop-off.
The report says that the Fulton County data from the thumb drive shows that out of the 1,565 absentee ballot transfer forms the thumb drive should contain, the actual number was 1,180 transfer forms. Therefore, 385 “pick-ups and drop-off” from Fulton County drop box locations and delivered to the Election Processing Center (EPC) from September 24 to November 3 do not have the documentation proving the Fulton County election worker made a legal transfer of ballots.
This one problem, the lack of a chain-of-custody document proving the ballot’s authenticity, affects 18,901 absentee ballots just in Fulton County, GA, alone. But the almost 20,000 affected ballots pale in comparison to the 145,000 ballots also in question in Fulton County.
“These absentee ballots are at the center of a lawsuit filed by Garland Favorito and eight other Georgia residents, who have sued Fulton County to produce these ballots for a forensic audit,” the Georgia Star News also reported. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero put the audit on hold while Fulton County attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed. However, Judge Amero announced, after these recent revelations made the news, that he would be scheduling a hearing for later in June.
Former Democrat State Congressman turned Republican Candidate for Georgia Governor Vernon Jones tweeted after witnessing the Arizona Senate audit of Maricopa County. He wrote, “What’s happening in Maricopa, AZ is a real audit. Not like a B.S. recount in Georgia. This is what Brian Kemp is afraid of, an in-depth forensic audit in Georgia.” Jones blames Kemp and the Democrats for blocking Georgia’s audit.
What’s happening in Maricopa, AZ is a real audit. Not like a B.S. recount in GA. This is what @BrianKempGA is afraid of, an in-depth forensic audit in GA. @BernardKerik and I witnessed it first hand. This is what we need in GA, but our #RINOGov is blocking it with Democrats! pic.twitter.com/hTp64vMSBx
— Vernon Jones For Governor (@RepVernonJones) June 14, 2021
Now that the heat is on, the Georgia Secretary of State can no longer stand by the lie that the 2020 Georgia general election was safe and secure, much less the safest on record. So Raffensperger is coming out attempting to save face.
Yesterday he tweeted, “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.” He said that Fulton County needs to elect “new leadership to step up and take charge.”
Raffensperger promised that these “new revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly.” And, he said, “this cannot continue.”
Conservatives all over the country but especially in Georgia wonder where Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has been for the last six months and why it took this long for him to see what has always been available to him?
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.
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 14, 2021