Georgia’s speaker of the House has called for an “independent investigation” into the 2020 presidential election in Fulton County.
Speaker David Ralston made the demand in a Thursday letter to Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron in which he called for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved to “determine if any irregularities or willful fraud occurred.”
"Recently, media reports have surfaced which call into question the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election," Ralston wrote. "Given the seriousness of this situation and the possible repercussions for our state and nation, it is time we have an independent investigation – once and for all – of the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election."
President Joe Biden won the state by roughly 12,000 votes approximately eight months ago, a tally affirmed in multiple recounts and certified by the state, however, former President Donald Trump and his allies insist there was widespread election fraud in the Peach State, among others, as well.
Ralston's call for an investigation into Georgia's most populous county came the same day that state Sen. Burt Jones, a Republican on the Senate Government Oversight Committee, sent a letter to committee Chairman Sen. Marty Harbin calling on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to testify about the election results.
Both Ralston and Jones referenced reports that have supposedly called into question the final vote tallies, though neither has shown evidence that Biden’s win could be invalidated. One report last week alleged that nearly 200 absentee ballots were scanned twice.
Separately, Raffensperger urged local officials last week to terminate both Barron and Ralph Jones, the registration chief, for their "continued failures."
“Every time we think we’ve reached the peak of Fulton’s elections mismanagement issues, more comes to light,” the secretary of state told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “I’ve been calling for change in Fulton since day one. Maintaining public confidence in our elections begins in Fulton County."
A report written by an independent election observer monitoring the November election in Fulton, which includes much of Atlanta, found that the county's election was sloppily handled but did not uncover any fraud. Raffensperger opened an investigation last month into the handling of paperwork in Fulton County related to the use of drop boxes for the 2020 election.
The secretary of state was thrust into the national spotlight after it was revealed Trump tried pressuring him to “find” the number of votes sufficient to win the state. That call is now under scrutiny as part of a criminal investigation into Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election in Fulton County.
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Original Author: Mike Brest