The elections board in Fulton County, Georgia has voted to send election director Rick Barron to the unemployment line in a bipartisan vote on Tuesday due to what they called a “dysfunctional” election cycle.
The county’s board voted 3-2 to have Barron removed from his position after he oversaw a number of missteps and controversies in the contentious 2020 election. Barron’s staff wrote a letter defending him, hoping to persuade the board to vote differently, but failed in their mission.
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“The person who is responsible for our success, the County’s success amid all of this, is current Director Richard Barron who has shown his ability to guide, motivate, steer and maintain the course of integrity, honesty, and fairness,” the staff wrote, according to WABE.
Barron has not yet been removed from his position. According to attorneys for the election board, the county board of commissioners must approve the election board’s decision to fire Barron before it is official. When the board of commissioners will consider whether to follow through on firing Barron is unknown.
Fulton County was the center of several nationally scrutinized errors and unfortunate events during the election, leading to allegations of election manipulation. The county has historically had trouble running smooth elections, prompting the state and county to agree that in 2020, Fulton County’s ballot canvassing on election day would be independently monitored by a state-appointed supervisor.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was not pleased with the county board, as made clear in a statement released in December 2020 when his office was in the process of preparing the release of a second state-wide recount.
“The real issue is a Fulton County employee made several compounding errors,” he said. “Instead of following the procedures that my office and the vendor laid out, Fulton County once again cut corners.”
“Us and our office, and I think the rest of the state, is getting a little tired of always having to wait on Fulton County and always having to put up with their dysfunction,” the secretary of state added.
Well, this is certainly some kind of development in this mess, right? Is it possible that claims of voter fraud are true after all?
Yes, that’s possible. Which is why an investigation needs to be done pronto to find out if that indeed played a role in determining the outcome of the election.