Monday, Fulton County Registration & Elections Director Richard Barron announced the termination of two employees who allegedly shredded a number of paper voter registration applications received within the last two weeks.
Per the County release:
Barron has also referred the actions of the two employees to the Office of Investigations within the Secretary of State’s Office.
Upon learning of the matter, Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts immediately reported it to the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for investigation.
“Elections are the most important function of our government,” said Chairman Pitts. “We have committed to transparency and integrity.”
Preliminary review suggests that employees may have checked out batches of applications for processing. Instead of fully processing them, in some instances the employees allegedly shredded some of the forms. Fellow employees reported this behavior to their supervisor on Friday morning and the employees were terminated the same day.
Per the Hill “Fulton County is already under investigation for its elections practices after a State Election Board voted unanimously in August to create a bipartisan review panel to probe the handling of elections in the county.”