ATLANTA (AP) – Officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where the state’s election campaign is already underway, have accused two workers of cutting off paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement. Has been fired.
Preliminary information indicates that employees checked between applications for processing. The Flint County statement said that instead of fully complying, they are accused of cutting off some farms. Fellow employees reported the alleged actions to their supervisor on Friday morning, and both employees were fired the same day.
The county statement said applications were received in the past two weeks. Fulton County includes most of Atlanta, where voters will go to the polls November 2 to elect a new mayor, city council members and school board members. The last date to register to vote in this election was October 4.
Fulton County Registration and Election Director Rick Barron also reported the allegations to the Secretary of State’s Office of Investigation.
Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts reported the matter to County District Attorney Fannie Willy.
“Elections are the most important task of our government,” Pitts said in a statement. “We are committed to transparency and integrity.”
The county statement did not say how many applications were affected, but Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffinsperger said in a news release that there were 300 applications.
A Republican defender, who has long been critical of how elections are conducted in the heavily Democratic county, said in a statement that his office has launched an investigation and has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the county election. What is demanded?
“After 20 years of documentary failure in the Fulton County election, Georgin is tired of seeing what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffinsperger said in the release. “The Department of Justice needs to take a closer look at what Fulton County is doing and how its leadership is disenfranchising Fulton voters through incompetence and dishonesty. Georgia voters are sick of Fulton County failures.
The Georgia State Election Board appointed a review panel representing the Fulton County election in August after receiving requests from Republican lawmakers. Lawmakers were using a controversial provision in the state’s new election law to begin a process that could eventually lead to a county election.
The county statement said any Fulton County resident who tries to vote in the next election and is not registered will be able to do so using a temporary ballot and will be investigated.