A Fulton County election official told the Georgia Star-News last Wednesday that “a few forms are missing” as well as “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Georgia Star News report:
A Star News analysis of dropbox ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes provided by Fulton County in response to an Open Records Request showed that 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer form Fulton County said should have been provided are missing – a number that is significantly greater than “a few” by any objective standard.
On Sunday, The Star-News published a story that included the files containing digital images of the 1,180 transfer forms that Fulton County did provide.
This is the first time that any election official at either the state or county level from a key battleground state has made an admission of a significant error in election procedures for the November 3, 2020 election.
The admission of the missing chain of custody documents by a Fulton County official is important for several reasons that cut to the very core of public confidence in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election:
- President Biden was certified as the winner of Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes in the 2020 election by the narrow margin of fewer than 12,000 votes over former President Donald Trump out of a total of 5 million votes cast statewide.
- The total number of absentee ballots whose chain of custody was purportedly documented in these 385 missing Fulton County absentee ballot transfer forms was 18,901, more than 6,000 votes greater than the less than 12,000 vote margin of Biden’s certified victory in the state.
- Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has taken no action in 156 of Georgia’s 159 counties to secure copies of any absentee ballot dropbox transfer forms and review them for accuracy and consistency with reported absentee ballot vote counts. In April his office announced investigations into three small counties that “failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms” in the November 2020 election in compliance with rules and regulations.
- More than seven months after the November 3 election, 28 Georgia counties have failed to respond at all to The Star-News Open Records Requests to produce absentee ballot dropbox transfer forms. To date, The Star-News has obtained absentee ballot drop box forms from 59 counties that provide the chain of custody documentation for 266,492 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during the November 3, 2020 election, which means that no chain of custody documentation has been produced for about 333,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes out of an estimated 600,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during that election.
- As The Star-News reported on Sunday, “These absentee ballots are at the centre of a lawsuit filed by Garland Favorito and eight other Georgia residents, who have sued Fulton County to produce these ballots for a forensic audit. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled in May that this audit could proceed, but allowed the plaintiffs to review only the digital images of these 145,000 absentee ballots. . . An estimated 145,000 absentee ballots – between 75,000 and 78,000 of which were originally deposited in drop boxes and between 67,000 and 70,000 of which were sent via the United States Postal Service – were transferred from the centralized counting facility at the State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta to the EPC [the Election Preparation Center warehouse located at 1365 English St. NW, Atlanta] at some point after the counting of votes for the November 3 election was completed. . . Fulton County subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and Judge Amero put the audit on hold. Judge Amero has scheduled a hearing later this month to consider Fulton County’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit and stop the audit.”
This news is imperative in the investigation of the results of the 2020 Presidential Election because Georgia was officially certified as being won by Joe Biden by a mere 12,000 votes out of a total of 5 million votes cast in the Empire State of the South, meaning that any reported discrepancy in vote counting or cases of procedural neglect must be taken very seriously to prevent the election shenanigans that routinely take place in the Global South.
And a shocking display of party betrayal, Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has displayed a stunning degree of dereliction of his duties by securing copies of absentee ballot transfer forms in just THREE out of 159 counties in the state of Georgia. The 385 missing transfer forms account for 18,901 absentee ballots, one and a half times the margin of victory. The Republican administration of Georgia has unsurprisingly received tremendous criticism from the conservative grassroots.