Trump issued a response to the 19K absentee ballots going unaccounted for due to improper documentation, according to The Western Journal.
Trump said, “Thank you and congratulations to Laura Baigert of the Georgia Star News on the incredible reporting you have done. Keep going! The scam is all unraveling fast.”
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated.
“Restoring confidence in our elections is going to be impossible as long as Fulton County’s elections leadership continues to fail the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia. They need new leadership to step up and take charge.”
Restoring confidence in our elections is going to be impossible as long as Fulton County’s elections leadership continues to fail the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia. They need new leadership to step up and take charge.
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 14, 2021
“The total number of absentee ballots whose chain of custody was purportedly documented in these 385 missing Fulton County absentee ballot transfer forms was 18,901, more than 6,000 votes greater than the less than 12,000 vote margin of Biden’s certified victory in the state,” Laura Baigert wrote.
“The majority of the ballot transfer forms have already been produced and we are continuing to research a handful.”
Congratulations Laura! President Trump congratulates Nashville's own Laura Baigert and her reporting in the Georgia Star News on the missing chain of custody forms for absentee ballots in Fulton County Georgia.
— Nashville Tea Party (@NashvilleTea) June 17, 2021
“There were persistent chain of custody issues throughout the entire absentee ballot processing system.”
“The fact that ballots were being delivered to State Farm Arena in unsecured mail carts is very concerning.”
“Protocol for securing ballots exists not only to protect the ballots themselves but also to ensure that no ballot box stuffing occurred.”
“This problem was exacerbated by poor managerial processes by Ralph Jones, who failed to do intake counts for the provisional ballots.”
From The Western Journal:
In an email to The Star News, the county said “25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to [a] positive COVID-19 outbreak at the [elections preparation center],” possibly resulting in the documentation being misplaced.
In a Tuesday statement, Fulton County spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt said, “We maintain a large quantity of documents and are researching our files from last year,” according to The Hill.
Trump responded to these revelations in a Thursday statement, saying, “Thank you and congratulations to Laura Baigert of the Georgia Star News on the incredible reporting you have done. Keep going! The scam is all unraveling fast.”
Last month, an attorney representing Georgians who secured the right to review over 145,000 absentee ballots cast in Fulton County told the judge overseeing the case that a top county election official could not say how many absentee ballots were printed.
The attorney, Bob Cheeley, told Judge Brian Amero that Fulton County Registration Chief Ralph Jones, during a pre-trial deposition, estimated the county printed 20,000 absentee ballots through a vendor in the 10 days leading up to the election.
Jones could not give Cheeley a precise number.
Cheeley further related that he asked Jones whether any of the ballots were left over, but Jones could not say.
An independent report contracted by the Georgia State Election Board and released on Jan. 12 determined that there were many abnormalities in Fulton County’s November election, including some matters involving Jones himself.