Investigators in DeKalb County, Georgia, near Atlanta, discovered that over 43,000 out of nearly 62,000 absentee ballots (72%) violated the chain-of-custody requirements set forth by Georgia election laws, the Georgia State News reported.
The illegal ballots were placed into drop boxes before the Election Day, and those designated to collect the absentee ballots proceeded to violate the rules.
In order for the vote to count, its chain of custody must be fully documented, according to Georgia election experts.
According to state law, absentee ballots placed in the drop box “shall be immediately transported to the county registrar” by a two designated ballot collectors.
After signing a ballot transfer form, recording the total number and location of the ballots, as well as the time of pickup, “[t]he county registrar or a designee thereof shall sign the ballot transfer form upon receipt of the ballots from the collection team.”
Over 28,000 of the ballots were not documented until the day after they were collected, raising serious suspicions as to their credibility.
Another 15,000 ballots had no receipt time whatsoever recorded by the election office.
In total, less than 5% of the absentee ballots received in the county actually met the full criteria of the state’s election law—the rest were picked up and dropped off over one hour to one day later, or went undocumented altogether.
The DeKalb County revelations have come just as nearby counties have discovered similar violations of the election law.
Fulton County, for example, a Democrat stronghold that includes most of Atlanta, has long been tainted with by fraud, including in 2020 when election officials were caught on video removing observers from ballot counting areas while continuing counts after hours.
Despite mass and obvious fraud, Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger declared that 120 of 123 Georgia counties that used absentee drop boxes “filled out and retained ballot transfer forms in accordance with Georgia rules,” with the three failing counties accounting for only .37 percent of the absentee vote.