Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger opened an investigation into the handling of drop box ballots in DeKalb County Georgia last week following a report at Georgia Star News that 43,000 ballots lacked proper chain of custody documentation.
Then on Saturday Raffensperger complained that Republicans need to move on from the November 2020 election.
He won’t like what’s coming.
Just The News reported:
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into the handling of drop box ballots last November in one of the state’s Democratic strongholds following a media report that there were problems with chain of custody documentation in DeKalb County.
The probe, confirmed in a statement to Just the News, comes at a tumultuous time for DeKalb County, whose elections director was placed on an extended leave of absence two weeks ago. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said the probe is ongoing and the county is cooperating.
“The Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into the drop box chain of custody documentation for Dekalb County,” Raffensperger’s office told Just the News. “The investigation includes not only whether Dekalb County properly complied with the documentation required by the State Election Board but also whether the actual procedures used by Dekalb adequately protected chain of custody for ballots returned to drop boxes.”
A spokesman for DeKalb County did not immediately return calls or respond to emails from Just the News last week or Monday seeking comment.
The announcement of the probe comes less than a month after the Georgia Star news site reported that 43,907 of the 61,731 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in the November 2020 presidential election in DeKalb County — 72% —were counted in official tallies certified by the county and the state though they had not met the chain of custody requirements set by the Georgia State Election Board on July 1, 2020.
Raffensperger’s office said it did not receive most counties’ chain of custody forms for drop box ballots until January and February of this year, well after the election. Since that time, the office has found problems with a handful of counties, mostly small, rural and Republican strongholds.
Once again, we have on good authority that True the Vote and others met Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia. We were told this was a very important meeting. They are moving forward with their investigation and it will be released very soon.
11 Months After 2020 Election Georgia Secretary of State Missing Chain of Custody Documents for 6,995 Absentee Ballots Deposited in Fulton County Drop Boxes https://t.co/Ox7Em7P7UR
— John Fredericks (@jfradioshow) October 4, 2021