The Election Wizard

NEW: DeKalb County Doesn’t Know if Chain of Custody Records for Absentee Ballots Exist


ATLANTA — In a letter sent to The Georgia Star on Friday, election officials in DeKalb County told the paper they did not know if ballots chain of custody forms existed for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes and later transported to election offices to be counted.

Earlier this week, the Georgia Secretary of States’ office told Breitbart News that it did not know how many of the approximately 1.3 million absentee ballots cast in the 2020 general election were delivered by mail verses dropbox, and directed Breitbart to check with county officials.

The Georgia Star News filed an open records request on Tuesday requesting all “ballot transfer forms” from the Nov. 3 General Election in DeKalb County.

The county responded by saying it did not yet know if such records existed, and due to COVID, it could take up to 30 days to make final determination.

The Star noted DeKalb’s reply was odd in a couple ways. First, ballot custody forms are required to be used by election officials under Georgia’s law. So surely the DeKalb elections director should — at a minimum — be able to quickly say whether the required forms exist.

Second, the Star said DeKalb County is the only county that has failed to provide such forms upon request. The paper noted it has requested and promptly received ballot custody forms from several other Georgia counties.

The results from the 2020 election in DeKalb County show Donald Trump lost with 58,373 votes to Joe Biden’s 308,227 votes.