You may have heard the media and Democrats tell you that there is not anything to see in regards to election security, but a new report shows that there are still serious issues that are being discovered.
Two Fulton County, Georgia election workers have been fired after allegedly shredding and destroying hundreds of voter registration applications, prompting the Georgia Secretary of State to call on the federal government to investigate, The Associated Press reported.
Officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday.
Preliminary information indicates that the employees checked out batches of applications for processing, and they are alleged to have shredded some of the forms, the Fulton County statement says. Fellow employees reported the alleged actions to their supervisor Friday morning, and the two employees were fired that day.
The county statement says the applications were received in the past two weeks. Fulton County includes most of the city of Atlanta, where voters are set to go to the polls on Nov. 2 to elect a mayor, City Council members, and other municipal officials. The deadline to register to vote in that election was Oct. 4.
“Normally, processing a voter registration application involves entering them in the state system, updating them, verifying their information,” county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt said. “That is the matter that’s under investigation — was that process completed.”
The applications did not have any party affiliations on them as Georgia voters do not register by party.
Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Rick Barron contacted the office of the secretary of state and asked it to investigate.
“Fulton County called the secretary of state’s office. We told them about this and we asked them to investigate,” Corbitt said to The Associated Press.
Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger shredded Fulton County in a press release as he called on the United States Department of Justice to investigate.
“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” he said. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”
“New allegations have come to light that Fulton County was seen shredding 300 applications related to Georgia’s municipal elections. State law requires election officials to preserve elections documents related to primary or general elections for 24 months after the election,” the press release said.
“After repeatedly calling for new leadership in Fulton’s elections, Raffensperger is also participating in a review under Georgia’s new election law that could lead to a replacement of the leadership of Fulton County’s elections,” it said.
“Elections in Fulton County have been problematic for decades. As a result of election failures in 2020, Raffensperger was the first secretary of state to force Fulton County elections into a consent order, requiring them to accept a state-appointed monitor to oversee their elections processes. The monitor, Carter Jones, found no fraud but significant mismanagement issues in Fulton County’s elections processes. Jones described Fulton’s election processes as ‘badly managed, sloppy and chaotic’ after spending several months working closely with Fulton County’s elections,” it said.
Even The Associated Press commented on the history of election issues in Fulton County.
“Fulton County does have a history of election problems, including long lines, inefficiency in reporting election results, and other issues. The June 2020 primary election was especially problematic, and the State Election Board entered into a consent order with the county that included appointing an independent monitor for the general election. The county also took numerous steps to ensure things would run more smoothly in November,” it said.