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Georgia Fails to Provide Chain of Custody for 404,000 Mail-In Ballots Months After 2020 Election

Four months after the 2020 presidential election, we still don’t have evidence that the election was as secure as it could possibly be.

In fact…

It appears that election integrity issues may have been WORSE than we officially thought.

How bad?

Well, it has been revealed that Georgia has failed to provide proof of chain of custody for 404,000 mail-in ballots.

To put this into perspective, that is 67.5% of the total mail-in ballots for the state of Georgia.

If the election truly was secure, then the peach state should have no trouble providing chain of custody.

Yet…

They have been unable to do so.

That raises one simple yet profound question: why?

Where are the election receipts?

If everything was kosher… if only legal voters participated in the election… then chain of custody should be very easy to provide!

Yet the state of Georgia is struggling to provide the receipts.

According to Georgia’s own laws:

The Open Records Request laws in Georgia state that counties have three days to respond to the request.

This means that if someone requests chain of custody receipts from the state, then that documentation should be provided (or a response rendered) within 3 days.

Yet…

Four months later, 404,000 mail-in ballots are unaccounted for.

According to Georgia Star News:

Four months after the November 3, 2020 presidential election, state and county officials in Georgia have failed to produce chain of custody documents for an estimated 404,691 vote by mail absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and subsequently delivered to county registrars for counting.

As of March 3, only 56 of Georgia’s 159 counties have provided ballot transfer form data to The Georgia Star News. The number of absentee by mail ballots delivered to registrars in those 56 counties total only 195,309, or 32.5 percent, of the estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

In other words, there is no chain of custody for 67.5 percent – an estimated 404,691 – of the estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.

The 2020 presidential election outcome in Georgia was decided by fewer than 12,000 votes – about three percent of the 404,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars where they were counted.
Georgia county officials have made little progress in the two months since The Star News reported on January 3 that 28 counties had provided ballot transform forms documenting 140,628 vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes.
In the two months between January 3 and March 3, 28 additional counties responded, adding ballot transfer form documentation for an additional 54,719 ballots, bringing the total vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes for which their is a chain of custody from 140,628 to 195,329.
Fulton County is one of 35 scofflaw counties in Georgia that have failed to comply with the Georgia Open Records Law and provide The Star News with absentee ballot drop box transfer forms they were required to maintain under the Emergency Rule passed by the Georgia State Election Board in July of 2020.
33 scofflaw counties simply failed to respond at all the The Star News Open Records Request:
Baldwin, Bibb, Brantley, Bryan, Chatham, Clay, Clayton, Dodge, Dooly, Evans, Franklin, Glynn, Houston, Jefferson, Johnson, Lamar, Lanier, Liberty, Long, Monroe, Muscogee, Newton, Pulaski, Richmond (Augusta), Sumter, Tift, Toombs, Troup, Turner, Union, Upson, Wayne, and Wilkes.
Two scofflaw counties responded to The Star News by saying they did not know if they had responsive documents, and would follow up when they determined if they in fact had responsive documents, but never provided that follow up or any documents.
Fulton County responded by saying they don’t know if they have documents responsive to the open records request and told The Star News they would send forms after Inauguration Day. However no documents have been provided to date.
DeKalb County told The Star News they were unsure if responsive documents existed. Then on December 17, DeKalb County provided documents that were not responsive to the Open Records Request. Instead of providing ballot transfer forms that provided chain of custody records for the movement of ballots from drop boxes to registrars, they provided documents that showed the movement of boxes of absentee ballots from registrars to centralized tabulation areas.

In December, Fulton County officials told The Star News, “We believe we can have responsive records to you by January 19, 2021. That said, should responsive materials come available sooner, we will provide them to you.”
The Star News has received no further communication from Fulton County election officials.
As The Star News reported, the Fulton County Board of Elections voted to fire Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron last month, but the Fulton County Board of Commissioners refused to either accept or reject the decision of the Board of Elections. Barron remains in his job for the time being.
The other counties in Georgia have responded to the records request with either chain of custody documentation or other communications.
A total of 33 counties have responded by stating they did not have any drop box locations. Those counties include:
Atkinson, Ben Hill, Burke, Candler, Charlton, Chattooga, Clinch, Columbia, Dade, Effingham, Emanuel, Glascock, Greene, Habersham, Hancock, Haralson, Heard, Jenkins, Macon, Montgomery, Meriwether, Miller, Randolph, Seminole, Stewart, Taliaferro, Treutlen, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Webster, Wilcox, Wilkinson.
An additional eight counties – Appling, Chatahoochee, Floyd, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Jeff Davis, Madison and Thomas – have told The Star News they will make their ballot transfer form records available to the public upon the payment of a processing fee.
Seventeen counties have acknowledged the open records request but have not produced documentation include Bacon, Banks, Calhoun, Camden, Dawson, Early, Grady, Henry, Irwin, Jackson, Jasper, Pickens, Putnam, Morgan, Rockdale, Taylor, and Wheeler.
One county – Laurens County – is sending forms via mail.

Six counties have ballot transfer forms but, for various reasons have not been able to deliver them to The Star News.

Hart County has said it will fax their forms, but they have not yet been received. Brooks County, Lee County and Echols County have forms held at their County Clerk’s office for retention. Jones County and Marion County have their documents kept “off-site.”

Two counties provided indeterminate responses.

Worth County told The Star News, “nothing in this chapter shall require agencies to produce records in response to a request if such records did not exist at the time of the request.”

Carroll County told The Star News it does not have “any documents responsive” to the request in their “possession or control.”

One county – Coffee – sent documents that failed to list the numbers of ballots collected at the ballot drop box locations in that county.

56 counties responded to The Star News open records request with the proper ballot transfer forms, showing that 195,309 absentee vote by mail ballots were deposited in drop boxes and then transported to the county registrar or the county registrar’s designees:

Baker totals 69
Barrow totals 2,583
Bartow totals 4,909
Berrien totals 92
Bleckley totals 89
Bulloch totals 2,256
Butts totals 481
Catoosa totals 532
Cherokee totals 17,033
Clarke totals 4,909
Cobb totals 89,860
Colquitt totals 571
Cook totals 530
Coweta totals 4,422
Crawford totals 1,519
Crisp totals 216
Decatur totals 963
Dougherty totals 3,793
Douglas totals 7,949
Elbert totals 440
Fannin totals 771
Fayette totals 6,471
Gilmer total 513
Gordon totals 1,326
Hall totals 7,565
Harris totals 1,067
Lincoln totals 513
Lowndes totals 3,266
Lumpkin totals 1,382
McDuffie totals 738
McIntosh totals 913
Mitchell totals 262
Murray totals 162
Oconee totals 3,016
Oglethorpe totals 636
Paulding totals 9,731
Peach totals 461
Pierce totals 444
Pike totals 495
Polk totals 826
Quitman totals 34
Rabun totals 1,163
Schley totals 64
Screven totals 190
Spalding totals 1,489
Stephens totals 308
Talbot totals 329
Tattnall totals 282
Telfair totals 401
Terrell totals 105
Towns totals 1,197
Walker totals 475
Walton totals 3,198
Ware totals 123
White totals 414
Whitfield totals 1,763

No matter who you voted for, we should all demand accountability and transparency in our election.

Why should that be a controversial ask?

Transparency and integrity are the FOUNDATIONS of a healthy democracy!

In case you’ve forgotten, the majority of these “mail-in ballots” were collected by Mark Zuckerberg.

That’s right… the tech billionaire and owner of Facebook.

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