Two staff in Fulton County, Georgia have been fired after they have been accused of shredding lots of of voter registration purposes, spurring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to name for a U.S. Division of Justice investigation.
“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are uninterested in ready to see what the subsequent embarrassing revelation can be,” Raffensperger said in a press release Monday. “The Division of Justice must take an extended have a look at what Fulton County is doing and the way their management disenfranchises Fulton voters by means of incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”
The 2 unidentified workers are accused of shredding batches of purposes the county acquired as a substitute of correctly processing them, in response to a launch from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron.
The allegations come simply three weeks earlier than Fulton County residents are set to vote in municipal elections, with all the shredded purposes being acquired within the final two weeks.
The 2 staff have been reported by fellow workers Friday and have been terminated later that day.
“Elections are crucial operate of our authorities,” Fulton County Fee Chairman Robb Pitts mentioned within the launch. “We’ve got dedicated to transparency and integrity.”
Along with the requires a federal investigation, Raffensperger mentioned the secretary of state’s workplace has additionally already launched an investigation into the incident.
The secretary of state added that the overview “might result in a substitute of the management of Fulton County’s elections” underneath Georgia’s new election integrity legislation.
Those that imagine their registration could have been impacted by the incident and will not be registered on election day can be allowed to solid a provisional poll whereas the investigation makes an attempt to decided which voters have been affected.