Georgia Judge Robert McBurney issued a significant ruling Friday that will require Fulton County to maintain “an additional layer of security” by preserving voting records and information concerning the 2020 presidential election.
Judge McBurney, who is on the Superior Court of Fulton County and Atlanta Judicial Circuit, delivered a win to election integrity advocates by forcing Georgia’s largest county to maintain 2020 election records longer than the two-year legal requirement.
This ruling will allow investigations into widespread voter fraud to continue without fear of records being erased in the coming months.
The judge’s decision explained, “Petitioners have asked that the court enter an order preserving the voting records at issue in this litigation.” McBurney added, “The Clerk of Superior Court of Fulton County is the current custodian of those records.” In his ruling, he said the clerk is “statutorily obligated to maintain the records for at least two years.”
While McBurney expressed confidence in the clerk’s ability to carry out her responsibility to maintain election records as required under existing law, he ruled in favor of extending the maintenance of these records due to the unpredictability of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also emphasized that the issue being petitioned is of “unquestionable significance.”
“The court finds it appropriate,” McBurney asserted, “To include an additional layer of security by ordering that the records and information … are maintained by the Clerk of Court indefinitely until further order of this Court.”
Trump-endorsed candidate for Georgia attorney general John Gordon has made it clear that if he is elected, he will “get to the truth” behind what happened in the 2020 election. With the recent developments in Georgia, this possibility is becoming more of a reality.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has previously expressed his outrage at Fulton County’s terrible record of mistakes in multiple elections.
He stated, “After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be.” Raffensperger has emphasized that the county’s leadership “disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance.”
With Georgia’s latest ruling, investigations into the 2020 election will have an opportunity to examine evidence without fear of the information disappearing, since it will now be required to be preserved indefinitely.
As investigations into voter fraud in Georgia continue to produce more examples of widespread issues, Raffensperger’s expression of frustration seems fitting, “The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”