A Fulton County, Georgia election official told The Georgia Star News that, “a few forms are missing” and that “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.” By a few the election official is talking about 385 transfer forms. These forms are critical chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes in the November 3, 2020 election. The total number of transfer forms provided was 1,180, falling short by 385.
Disclose.tv posted about the story earlier:
“JUST IN – Response by election officials in Fulton County, Georgia, to an Open Records Request shows legally required chain of custody documentation is missing for 24% of ballots from 2020 election — or 1 in 4 ballots (GA Star News)”
The Star-News had done an Open Records Request to get the documents from Fulton County as well as from other counties throughout the state. According to the data received from the Opens Records Request, “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.”
The missing chain of custody for the absentee ballots is 6,000 more than the number of votes Joe Biden won by in the ENTIRE state of Georgia.
The explanation provided in an emailed statement from Mariska Bodison of Fulton County Registration & Elections on Wednesday, June 9th to Star News for the missing chain of custody documents was, “As we review the documents provided to you and our daily log. We noticed that a few forms are missing, it seems when 25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 outbreak at the EPC, some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
These documents are required by the State Election Board, Emergency Rule 83-1-14-0.8-.14, to document the critical chain of custody of absentee ballots collected from drop boxes and transferred to the county registrar.
Star News first requested the documents in February of 2021 and it appears that the pdfs they were provided with then also fell short in the numbers after they followed up with the first set of documents they were sent a thumb drive of what now confirms many documents are missing.
Based on the analysis done by Star-News they only received transfer forms for 59,042 absentee ballots while the spreadsheet provided showed that 79,000 absentee ballots were collected from drop boxes after an error was corrected the spreadsheet still shows that 75,000 absentee ballots were collected from drop boxes.
On May 17th, The Star News emailed Fulton County about the discrepancy. The email can be seen below:
Dear Fulton County,
We are in receipt of a thumb drive which we picked up in person from your office on May 3, 2021 that contains scans of documents responsive to our Open Records Request Reference No: R002457-040821 for chain of custody ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County for the November 3 election.
(1) Provide us with the “missing” documentation on these 19,000 ballots
(2) Explain the discrepancy
The Georgia Star News
Fulton County responded that they needed more time to review the request to which they responded to on June 9th.
As we review the documents provided to you and our daily log. We noticed that a few forms are missing, it seems when 25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 outbreak at the EPC, some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.
Registration & Elections
The Star-News also has a copy of the spreadsheet, which can be seen below, provided by Fulton County, which has been highlighted to show the 385 dropbox collections associated with 18,901 absentee ballots for which no transfer forms have been provided by Fulton County.
Ari Schaffer, Spokesman for Brad Raffensperger, admitted to The Star-News that the Secretary of State’s office never looked at the chain of custody documents and that they merely “confirmed with relevant counties that they had them”, took them at their word.
Brad Raffensperger was censured by Georgia GOP earlier this month. We reported, “At the Georgia Republican Party’s state convention yesterday, in addition to Gov. Brian Kemp being loudly booed at the beginning of his speech, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was censured.“
“Raffensperger, who plans to run for re-election next year, was charged with “dereliction of Constitutional Duty” and called on Kemp and all elected officials to “repair the damage that has been done” and secure Georgia’s elections.”
“The resolution began by saying Raffensperger failed to perform his duties in “accordance with the laws of the Constitution of the State of Georgia.”
“Raffensperger undermined the security of elections by allowing mass mailings of absentee ballot applications which “created opportunities for fraud and overwhelmed election offices,” the censure continued.“
Currently, there is a lawsuit filed by Garland Favorito and eight other Georgia residents, who have sued Fulton County to produce the absentee ballots for a forensic audit. Fulton County has filed a countersuit to dismiss the lawsuit and currently, the audit is on hold with a hearing scheduled for later this month.
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