Two Georgia County election officers are out of work after being accused of shredding hundreds of voter registration applications, Fulton County Registration and Election Officer Richard Barron said on Monday.
About 300 paperless registration applications related to the upcoming municipal elections were destroyed by the accused employees, who were not named, WSB-TV reported. Registration forms have been received within the past two weeks.
“Instead of dealing with them entirely, in some cases employees would have shredded the forms,” ââBarron said at a news conference broadcast by WAGA, adding that it was fellow election officials who denounced. “The employees were laid off (Friday).”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has since called on the US Department of Justice to investigate the shredding incident, saying voters in the state were “fed up with the failures of Fulton County.”
“After 20 years of documented failure in the Fulton County election, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffensperger said in a statement. âThe Justice Department needs to take a hard look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership is denying Fulton voters the right to vote through incompetence and malfeasance. “
The Secretary of State previously called for an investigation into the Fulton County electoral system after voters encountered hours of waiting at polling stations, faulty machines and other problems during the primaries last June, a reported McClatchy News.
The latest shredding allegations have also been brought to the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for investigation, according to County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts.
“Elections are the most important function of our government,” Pitts said in a statement. “We are committed to transparency and integrity.”
Residents attempting to vote in an upcoming election but who are not registered can use a provisional ballot to vote, county election officials said. Anyone with questions should contact the Fulton County Registration and Election Department at 404-612-7030.
This story was originally published October 11, 2021 4:06 pm.