Georgia State Secretary Brad Raffensperger knocked down Atlanta-based Fulton County in a “dysfunction” amid a nationwide recount called for by the Trump campaign after the state verified the results to President-elect Joe Biden.
“We and our office, and I think the rest of the state, are a little tired of always having to wait in Fulton County and always put up with their dysfunction,” Raffensperger said Tuesday. “They can still reach it by midnight on Wednesday, but they seem to want to get to a dramatic goal.”
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Georgia is approaching the recount with 50 completed counties (out of 159), and Fulton is the largest, which is incomplete, Raffensperger said.
Fulton County has made headlines on counting issues, including the crash of a newly purchased Dominion Voting Systems mobile server and a reporting issue that requires officials to re-scan more than 300,000 ballots.
“The real issue is that the Fulton County employee made several mistakes,” Raffensperger said. “Instead of following the procedures laid down by my office and vendor, Fulton County has cut corners again. The biggest [the employee] backed up the election project on the server instead of an external backup. Because of this decision, they lost the ability to upload hundreds of thousands of scanned ballots. “
Raffensperger also criticized Fulton County for “worryingly” deciding to stop work around 5 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays.
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“He announced yesterday that he would be screened this morning from 7 to 23,” Raffensperger said. “An hour ago in Fulton County, only eight of the 17 high-speed scanners went due to staff shortages.”
Fulton County pushed back Raffensperger on Tuesday.
“I still don’t know why the selection will continue in Fulton County, Georgia,” said Rob Pitts, of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. 11Alive Christie Dietz. “We are the largest county. I can’t talk to the other counties, but I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was no wrestler in the last election.”
President Trump has repeatedly deceived Raffensperger and Georgian Governor Brian Kemp, who are both Republicans. Trump called on Kemp to rewrite Raffensperger for matching signatures during Monday’s state recount.
A Kemp spokesman issued a statement in response on Tuesday morning that “Georgian law prohibits the governor from interfering in the elections”.
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“The secretary of state, who is an elected constitutional official, oversees elections that cannot be overridden by the executive order,” Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said in a statement. “As the governor has repeatedly said, he will continue to follow the law and encourage the Secretary of State to take reasonable steps, including sample testing of signatures, to restore trust and address the serious issues raised.”
Fox News Paul Conner and Brooke Singman contributed to the report.