Rick Barron, the much-maligned director of Fulton County, Ga. Registration and Elections, has submitted his resignation, effective Dec. 31.
Barron’s tenure was replete with numerous reports of voting irregularities and mismanagement, particularly during the 2020 election.
Fox 5 in Atlanta reported that the Fulton County Election board had previously voted 3-2 to fire Barron after his handling of the 2020 presidential and Senate runoff elections, but he remained in the post in the subsequent months.
In November, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office opened two investigations into Fulton County’s handling of the 2020 election involving the “chain of custody” of ballots.
Two Fulton County election workers were later fired after they were caught shredding 300 voter applications for a municipal election.
The county’s elections office released a statement confirming that instead of fully processing voter registration applications, “in some instances, the employees allegedly shredded some of the forms.”
In response to this shocking revelation, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger demanded that the U.S. Department of Justice open an investigation into the disputed county’s election management.
Raffensperger released a statement imploring the DOJ to get to the bottom of what has been happening in Fulton Country elections:
After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” said the secretary of state. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how its leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.
Barron’s tenure included reports of improper ballot counting at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on election night 2020.
As you may recall, a surveillance video showed suspicious activity involving ballots stuffed in what appeared to be trunks, or suitcases, hidden under tables at the ballot counting facility.
Of this footage, author Mollie Hemingway wrote in her book, Rigged, “Video of the vote-counting that night at State Farm Arena, discovered a month later, showed that after they [poll workers] left, a small remnant of about four workers began pulling trunks containing thousands of ballots from underneath a table with a long tablecloth and running ballots through machines.”
Multiple affidavits from poll watchers and several media reports at the time claimed the election department sent the absentee ballot counters home at 10:30 p.m. on election night, and that they were to return to continue counting the next day.
Yet ballots continued to be counted after 10:30 p.m., causing many observers to become suspicious. This incident was yet another blight on Rick Barron’s record as head of Fulton Country Elections.
But it wasn’t just Fulton County where Barron has faced accusations of improper voting procedures. Prior to working for Fulton County, Barron served as election administer for Williamson County, Texas.
In her book, Hemingway wrote that “an election held on his watch had to be redone when more than one hundred wrong ballots were handed out in a race that came down to three votes.”
In that same election, Barron asked law enforcement to remove a Republican poll watcher from the premises, which led to Barron barely surviving a no-confidence vote.
In addition to the aforementioned controversies, a state-appointed monitor discovered 29 pages worth of “irregularities, mismanagement, and other problems in the Atlanta vote-counting center,” during the election “ranging from double scanning of ballots to insecure transportation of ballots and violations of voter privacy,” according to Just the News.
Joe Biden was certified as the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral voters by narrowly edging out President Trump by 11,779 votes.