Georgia County Can’t Find Chain of Custody Records for Absentee Ballots
Georgia’s Dekalb County does not know if it is in possession of the ballot transfer forms used to record the chain of custody for absentee ballots dropped into some 300 drop boxes around the state.
he Georgia Department of Voting, Registration and Election responded to an open records request
for the transfer forms from Georgia Star by writing that “it has not yet been determined if responsive records to your request exist.”
“DeKalb County and VRE are currently operating within its COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan. These remote operations and VRE’s current workload greatly impact how soon responsive records can be provided,” the response from the department stated.
“VRE is expected to make this determination within thirty business days.”
Georgia Star requested the ballot transfer forms from several counties. Cobb County and Cook County have complied with the request, each providing copies of the forms.
A spokesperson for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Breitbart News last week that the ballot transfer forms are in the possession of individual counties.
Georgia election rules require ballots from drop boxes to be picked up by teams of at least two people who must complete a transfer form upon doing so.
“The collection team shall complete and sign a ballot transfer form upon removing the ballots from the dropbox, which shall include the date, time, location and number of ballots,” the relevant rule states.
“The ballots from the drop box shall be immediately transported to the county registrar and processed and stored in the same manner as absentee ballots returned by mail are processed and stored. The county registrar or a designee thereof shall sign the ballot transfer form upon receipt of the ballots from the collection team.”
Each of the drop boxes should have more than a dozen signed ballot transfer forms, given the frequency of the pickups require….