Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last month revealed that Fulton County is under investigation by Raffensperger’s office for failing to produce all ballot drop box transfer forms for absentee ballots used in the 2020 general election.
Raffensperger announced the investigation on Twitter after a lead story by the Georgia Star News reported that a Fulton County election official admitted “a few forms are missing” and “procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
“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,” said the secretary of state. “This cannot continue.”
Through an open records request, the Star News was able to access information revealing that Fulton County has failed to generate 385 transfer forms out of the estimated 1,565 transfer forms. The 385 transfer forms correspond to an estimated 18,901 absentee ballots placed into 37 drop boxes placed across the county.
“Seven months after the election, Fulton County has been unable to produce 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms according to their own documentation. Those 385 transfer forms represent 18,901 absentee ballots placed into 37 drop boxes placed throughout Fulton County,” The Star News reported. “The number of transfer forms and the absentee ballots they represent are about 25 percent of the total transfer forms and absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County during the November 2020 election – significantly greater than ‘a few,’ by any objective standard.”
In July last year, the State Election Board passed an emergency rule for the 2020 general election mandating every county in Georgia “use and maintain transfer forms to document the critical chain of custody for absentee ballots collected from those drop boxes and delivered to designees of the county registrar,” as reported by Breitbart. Furthermore, approximately 300 drop boxes were used in the 2020 general election in Fulton County, which available for use from September 24 to November 3.
Fulton County is the fourth county to undergo an investigation over absentee ballot transfer forms. In April, Raffensperger launched an investigation into Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties because they “failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms in violation of Georgia Rules and Regulations,” according to the press release.
Since the November election, Raffensperger has been convinced that Georgia had “safe, secure, and honest elections,” according to the Georgia-based outlet. Meanwhile, the Georgia GOP convention censured Raffensperger for “dereliction of his Constitutional duty,” which involved, “undermining the security of our elections by allowing mass mailings of absentee applications by his office and third parties which created opportunities for fraud and overwhelmed election offices; rendering accurate signature matching nearly impossible; allowing ballot drop boxes without proper chain of custody; and ignoring sworn affidavits and disregarding evidence of voter fraud.”
Secretary of State Raffensperger is up for re-election in 2022, although President Donald Trump has endorsed his challenger Rep. Jody Hice.
“One of our most outstanding Congressmen, Jody Hice, has announced he is running for Secretary of State in the Great State of Georgia. Jody has been a steadfast fighter for conservative Georgia values and is a staunch ally of the America First agenda,” Trump said of Hice in a statement issued by his Save America PAC. “Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity.”