Two elections officials in Fulton County, Georgia, were fired Friday after they allegedly shredded voter registration forms. FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2020 file photo, Fulton County Georgia election chief Rick Barron talks to reporters as workers scan ballots during a presidential recount in Atlanta. Officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File) Ben Gray/AP

Fulton County election employees fired for allegedly shredding voter applications

Virginia Aabram October 11, 05:58 PM October 11, 05:58 PM

Two elections officials in Fulton County, Georgia, were fired Friday after they allegedly shredded voter registration forms.

The county announced Monday that the pair of employees were reported by a colleague to a superior for allegedly shredding voter registration applications received within the last two weeks. They were fired the same day, and the Fulton County Election Commission reported the incident to Georgia’s secretary of state.

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The employees allegedly checked out the files for processing but shredded some of the forms instead, according to a statement from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron.

“Elections are the most important function of our government,” said Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. “We have committed to transparency and integrity.”

Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger put the number of shredded ballots at 300 and called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Fulton County.

“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”

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The beleaguered county has been accused of poor management of elections for decades, especially with regard to the 2020 election when Fulton was slow to report election results, leading some to suspect fraud. Most investigations have found sloppy management to blame rather than malfeasance, with one independent investigator saying, “Fulton is so poor at managing the actual process that if they had actually tried to rig the election, they would have bungled it, and we would have found out.”

Fulton County officials did not immediately return The Washington Examiner’s request for further comment.

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