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Fulton is the fourth county to face an investigation into allegations it failed to complete absentee ballot transfer forms every time election workers collected ballots from drop boxes.
The forms provide a record of how many ballots were picked up at each drop box location. “New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday.
Temporary rules passed by the State Election Board last year allowed voters to return absentee ballots by putting them in secure drop boxes. The rules required the county to collect ballots from each drop box location at least once every 24 hours and have each collection team complete and sign a transfer form upon removing the ballots. The form was supposed to include the date, time, location and number of ballots.
Secretary of state’s office spokesman Ari Schaffer said Raffensperger’s tweet referred to comments made by a Fulton County elections employee in a report on The Georgia Star News, a conservative website. The report quotes a statement from Mariska Bodison, with Fulton County Registration and Elections, saying that officials noticed “a few forms are missing.” She said that when a COVID-19 outbreak happened at a county elections warehouse in October “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
“We maintain a large quantity of documents and are researching our files from last year,” Corbitt said Tuesday. “The majority of the ballot transfer forms have already been produced and we are continuing to research a handful.” She said the county has been in touch with the secretary of state’s office to update them on its progress.
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