Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron announced that two employees were recently terminated for allegedly shredding paper voter registration applications.
In a press statement issued this week, the Fulton County elections office detailed the allegations of the terminated employees:
“Preliminary review suggests that employees may have checked out batches of applications for processing. Instead of fully processing them, in some instances, the employees allegedly shredded some of the forms.”
According to the statement obtained by Newsmax’s Alex Salvi, other employees reported what was happening, and the two election workers allegedly engaging in shredding the ballots were fired. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is also putting pressure on the U.S. Department of Justice to look into these allegations, claiming that Fulton County shredded 300 voter registration applications.
Raffensberger made his demands clear:
“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be. 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.”
In September, a court hearing took place in Georgia which revealed that the elections office was already conducting a private investigation into the 2020 election, according to Charlene McGowan, on behalf of the secretary of state.
Reports of alleged voter fraud in Fulton County is significant for proponents of election integrity. It may even be enough to kick-start a broader investigation.
President Trump’s official spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, commented on the alleged ballot-shredding in a tweet: “How common is this in Fulton?” she asked.
According to Raffensberger’s website, a monitor, Carter Jones, was appointed by the state of Georgia to oversee the election processes in Fulton County. Jones claims that he saw no fraud, but that the election in Fulton was “badly managed, sloppy, and chaotic.”
Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts reported the shredded ballots to the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as soon as he found out about what had happened. Pitts also stated, “Elections are the most important function of our government. We have committed to transparency and integrity.”
The pressure to further investigate this situation appears high, and advocates for election integrity and reform would likely be pleased to see the entire county undergo a forensic audit. If Fulton County is audited, it could result in pressure to decertify the election results in Georgia, similar to what recently occurred in Maricopa County in Arizona, following shocking details of alleged fraud found in the official audit report.