According to a county statement released Monday, officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where the state is already reviewing election activities, have fired two workers for allegedly snatching paper voter registration applications.
A Fulton County statement said preliminary data indicated that employees had examined batches of applications for processing and that they had allegedly cut off some forms. Colleagues reported the alleged activities to their supervisor on Friday morning and the two employees were fired that day.
Applications have been accepted in the past two weeks, the county statement said. Fulton County covers most of the city of Atlanta, where voters are going to elect a mayor, city council member and other municipal officials in the Nov. 2 election. The deadline to register to vote in that election was Oct. October.
County spokeswoman Jessica Corbett said it was not immediately clear if the vot00 voter registration records in question were lost.
“Typically, the processing of voter registration applications involves entering their state system, updating them, verifying their information,” he said. “This is under investigation – that process was completed.”
Voters do not register by party in Georgia, so the applications had no party affiliation.
Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Rick Baron reported the allegations to the Secretary of State’s Office of Investigation.
“Fulton County called the secretary of state. We told them about it and we told them to investigate, ”Corbett said.
Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts also informed County District Attorney Fanny Willis to investigate the matter.
“Elections are the most important thing in our government,” Pitts said in a statement. “We are committed to transparency and integrity.”
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Rafensparger, a Republican who has long criticized the election process in Democratic County, said in a news release that his office has begun an investigation and he has called on the U.S. Judiciary to look into the county election.
“After 20 years of registered failure in the Fulton County election, Georgians are tired of seeing what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Rafensparger said in the release. The judiciary needs to pay close attention to what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership is depriving Fulton voters of their rights through disqualification and abuse. Georgia voters are sick of Fulton County failure.
Fulton County has a history of electoral problems, including long lines, inability to report election results, and other issues. The June 2020 primary election was particularly problematic and the State Election Board issued a compliance order with the county that included the appointment of an independent monitor for the general election. The county took a number of steps in November to make sure things went smoothly.
The monitor, Carter Jones, who has previous experience working on elections in other parts of the world, observed the county election process from October to January and said he saw poor practice and poor management but found “no evidence of dishonesty, fraud or deception.” Intentional misconduct. ”
The Georgia State Election Board appointed a review panel to investigate election management in Fulton County after receiving requests from Republican lawmakers representing the county. Lawmakers began a process using a controversial provision in the state’s massive new electoral law that could eventually lead to election fraud in the county.
Any Fulton County resident who tries to vote in the upcoming election and is not registered will be able to vote using a temporary ballot and an investigation will follow, the county statement said.