After months of allegations as to the fairness and transparency of the Georgia election results in the 2020 general presidential election, The Georgia Star News reports that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will undertake an investigation into Fulton County's absentee voting system.
At issue are the "chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes" during the November election. Raffensperger noted the opening of the investigation on Twitter.
The Georgia Star News reports that Raffensperger's investigation was a result of their having reported on the "that a Fulton County election official admitted that chain of custody documents are missing for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in the 2020 election."
The outlet had undertaken their own investigation to get to the bottom of the allegations of voter fraud in Fulton County. They had submitted and Open Records Request in December that uncovered the fact that "a few forms are missing" and that "some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced."
Despite further inquiries, Fulton County has not been forthcoming with the missing materials. "Seven months after the election," the Star reports, "Fulton County has been unable to produce 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms according to their own documentation. Those 385 transfer forms represent 18,901 absentee ballots placed into 37 drop boxes placed throughout Fulton County."
The number of forms and ballots missing total "about 25 percent of the total transfer forms and absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County."
The back-and-forth as regards voter fraud and integrity in the Georgia elections has been contentious. President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election in part because Georgia turned blue and voted Biden, has asserted his belief multiple times that the election was stolen.
These allegations from the former president have been slammed and dismissed by nearly every major news outlet in the US.