2 Georgia election workers shredded voter registration forms received 5 weeks prior to municipal elections
Two unnamed polling station workers in Fulton County were fired when it was revealed that they had destroyed 300 voter registration forms that had been collected over two weeks.
According to official information, the workers were terminated on the same day.
Also, it is reported that such criminal negligence took place three weeks before the municipal elections.
This crime prompted the Secretary of State's Office to open an investigation. Details were outlined in the Raffensperger press release.
“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” said Raffensperger in the release. “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.”
The dismissed employees violated the procedure for storing elections documents related to primary or general elections. According to the law, such documentation must be safe and sound for 24 months.
Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman also commented on the incident to CBS46.
“The revelation of the wrongdoing by two fired employees in our Elections Department makes me angry. The actions of these two individuals will not disparage the hard and consistent work to improve our elections process and procedures. I applaud the employees who took forward-thinking action and immediately reported the incident. In my book they are the heroes and the story is more about them, not about the malfeasance of two people who acted unlawfully. Some will try to make this incident another part of the “pile-on” to taint Fulton County and our elections operation. But, again, the fact we moved so swiftly to hold these two individuals accountable, says so much more about how fair and transparent our process is, and what we stand for in the pursuit of fair and secure elections."
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