DeKalb County Cannot Find Chain of Custody Records for Absentee Ballots Deposited in Drop Boxes: ‘It Has Not Been Determined If Responsive Records to Your Request Exist’

 

DeKalb County responded to an Open Records Request from The Georgia Star News to produce the ballot transfer forms that formed the critical chain of custody link in the absentee ballots deposited in the near 300 drop boxes in the state and transported to county election offices in a letter received on Friday that said the county did not know if such records exist.

Earlier this week, the Secretary of States’ office told Breitbart News that it did not know how many of the 1.3 million absentee ballots cast in the 2020 general election  were delivered by mail vs. drop box, but the counties should know.

The Georgia Star News filed an open records request on Tuesday for all “ballot transfer forms” from the Nov. 3 General Election in DeKalb County. But there is no way to determine the chain of custody.

The open records request reply, received from Assistant County Attorney at DeKalb County Dexter Q. Bond, Jr., stated, “it has not yet been determined if responsive records to your request exist.”

The ballot transfer forms that remain unknown in DeKalb are a part of Georgia’s new Election Code implemented this past summer.

The DeKalb County response was unusual in several ways.

The Georgia Star News has contacted several counties in the state, and DeKalb is the only county so far to respond that it does not know if it has ballot transfer forms.

Cook County, for instance, provided copies of all the ballot transfer forms used in the 2020 general election within 24 hours.

Late Friday afternoon Cobb County provided copies of 400 ballot transfer forms used in the 2020 general election.

The Georgia Star News received responses from election officials in both Cobb County and Cook County.

In contrast, the DeKalb County response instead came from an Assistant County Attorney.

It strains credulity to suggest that the election director of DeKalb County cannot say whether or not the legally required ballot transfer forms exist in 30 seconds, not the 30 days the county says it needs to be able to answer that question.

As previously reported by The Georgia Star News:

Throughout the state, approximately 300 drop boxes were used to collect absentee ballots in the November 2020 general election, authorized under Georgia Election Code Emergency Rule 183-1-14-0.8-.14 passed in July 2020 which states that every absentee ballot drop box collection team “shall complete and sign a ballot transfer form upon removing the ballots from the drop box, which shall include the date, time, location and number of ballots.

The “ballot transfer forms” are a part of the new rule and were created in order to document the chain of custody of ballots collected from drop boxes.

The code also requires that “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.”

Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg made a donation to the 2020 election efforts, which include a donation to the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

DeKalb County received $4.8 million from the nonprofit in which Zuckerberg donated to.

The county published information on their grant:

DeKalb County has been selected to receive a $4.8 million grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL). The CTCL grant will allow DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections to hire more personnel, purchase additional voting and mail ballot sorting equipment, open and operate additional early voting and Election Day locations, ensure sanitization of voting equipment and purchase sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for both poll workers and voters.

“These funds will be used to address longstanding operational issues and increase voter safety and confidence in our voting process,” said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond.

The county will conduct a comprehensive review of the elections system to ensure that citizens can participate in a fair, free, and convenient elections process.

The 2016 election results in DeKalb County, Hillary Clinton received 239,131 votes, Donald Trump received 47,531 and other candidates received 9,209 for a total of 295,871 votes cast.

Unofficially, the 2020 election votes cast in DeKalb County have Donald Trump with 58,373 votes and Biden with 308,227 votes.

You can read the letter from DeKalb County to The Georgia Star News here:

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Tiffany Morgan is a reporter at The Georgia Star News and the Star News Network. Email tips to tiffbamorgan@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. such a informative article

  2. There’s a lot more riding on this than just 4 more years of DJT.
    Look how the “media” has reacted to this whole mess, either outright ignoring it or framing it as futile and meritless. How do they go forward if this whole thing get’s tossed as it should and President Trump is acknowledged as he should be?

  3. It’s a crying shame that this election has absolutely NO INTEGRITY behind it. What’s worse is our elected officials, both republican and democratic, aren’t coming together to prosecute the cheaters and the candidates they were trying to place in office.

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  39. Gregory Solovieff MD

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  41. Rob Burns

    Remember Nancy Pelosi’s comment: “we will win at any cost.” Well, she didn’t disappoint us.

  42. Dewey

    Fight them to the death hang their ass for Trump needs to declare the indirection act if not he has let the communist take over our country with voter fraud he has not fulfilled his duty to uphold the constitution

  43. Cun T Weirdowsky

    The county is researching the request. They sent back a boilerplate response:

    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. Consequently, it has not yet been determined if responsive records to your request exist. VRE is expected to make this determination within thirty (30) business days.”

    Fake news

  44. r. john

    So I can easily disenfranchise you Trump voters just by filing open records requests with every red county in the country and then, like you, demanding all votes not supported by ballot transfer forms be thrown out?

    This way madness lies.

    1. Doug

      You understand nothing
      You should refrain from commenting

  45. Reddog

    Well isn’t that convenient for the Democrats. Looks like DeKalb county is leading the race to lower the election standards to the gutter.

  46. Theron Kuhn

    HANG’M ALL HIGH !

  47. LAZY

    Judge Judy says: “if you can’t produce evidence to back up your claim, then it DOESN’T EXIST.”

  48. Matthew Ridgway

    There’s a lot more riding on this than just 4 more years of DJT.
    Look how the “media” has reacted to this whole mess, either outright ignoring it or framing it as futile and meritless. How do they go forward if this whole thing get’s tossed as it should and President Trump is acknowledged as he should be? What about the completely gutless Republicans who have, for the most part, stood back and sat in silence covering their bases in case the crook Biden actually got installed they covered their own behinds and haven’t fought for the greatest conservative Republican since Reagan?
    If DJT goes forward what happens with their covid narrative? It should be understood by now that the whole thing was inflated for several reasons from social engineering/control to getting their fraud mail in ballots in place. I’m certain fascists like Whitless are simply going to grind their individual states under their heels even more for daring to screw up their plans, what then?
    Even if DJT wins out the rubicon has been crossed, the media stand firmly against the people, as do the alphabet agencies, justice department and essentially BOTH party’s are firmly compromised. The entire government structure is untrustworthy and criminal in action and deed.

  49. justsayin

    There was a prescribed, hidden chain of custody…. from high-level democrat to high-level democrat. Hence, they cannot find it.

  50. Sandy Lyn

    So much cheating going on, without hesitation. Look at this video clip. It’s after the observers were told to leave because they were going to stop counting. But four people stayed behind and kept counting.

    Take a look at the mom and daughter duo working with the suitcases full of ballots hidden beneath a table. You can see the daughter bring one of the suitcases to the mom’s desk in the back left corner of the room. She took out a stack of ballots from a suitcase and placed it on mom’s table for counting. Then mom stacks the ballots on the machine for counting. Then she stacks them again and runs the same stack through the machine for counting three times. The picture is blurry, but if you look closely, it’s easy to see the top tray fills up again as it scans the ballots.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/unbelievable-mother-along-daughter-handled-counted-ballots-alone-hours-georgia-ruby-freeman-caught-running-batch-ballots-tabulator-three-times/

  51. All secretaries of state and DAs, who are guilty of election fraud, especially those who were supported and financed by George Soros (directly and indirectly), should be, upon conviction of Federal election crimes, be publicly horse-whipped, stripped of their US citizenship and deported to Iran, China, Pakistan or North Korea.

    1. justsayin

      Horse-whipped and branded. Thank you very much.

  52. constantvigil

    The elections should be thrown out if the municipalities can’t or won’t verify that all votes counted are legal !!!

    1. Jizmo

      If they haven’t maintained the records required by law, then the entire county must be invalidated.

  53. JJ

    Can’t find it… then they don’t count… simple as that

  54. James Benoit

    Of course they can’t “find it,” the chain of custody DOESN’T EXIST. Pure, straight up Democrat election theft. As usual.

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  59. Bambi Brosemer

    It’s a crying shame that this election has absolutely NO INTEGRITY behind it. What’s worse is our elected officials, both republican and democratic, aren’t coming together to prosecute the cheaters and the candidates they were trying to place in office. I’m sick to my stomach knowing how much treachery is going on in government offices. It’s treasonous. It’s the Senate and congress’s duty to do the right thing according to law. Whether they like it or not, it’s more than apparent that Trump won. Biden and the rest should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That includes Hillary Clinton, obama, sorrows, bill gates, kamala harris etc. All of those involved. The elites even if involved should be prosecuted. If this does not occur then we are all guilty of violating the laws outlined in our constitution by allowing this farce of an election to place an idiot as commander and chief. Trump won and should get the next 4 years. If it’s given to biden then we failed to follow our constitution and our country has fallen. God help us all.

    1. Beverly O’Brien

      I agree wholeheartedly with every beautiful word you wrote. If we can’t believe & trust our elections are safe, what do we have? Nothing. Our country is exceptional because of Our Constitution! My forefathers died & upheld their oaths to DEFEND AMERICA! It is devastating to know we have so many crooks in our government who sell each one of us, with our country, to highest bidder. TREASON!!

    2. Random Dude

      It’s spelled “Soros”. Learn your bogeymen.

      1. Epstein Didn't Kill Himself, Biden didn't win more votes than Obama

        Soros is the bogeyman come to life.

        Can’t even win at being clever, yea?

        https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/622045753/hungary-passes-stop-soros-laws-bans-aid-to-undocumented-immigrants

      2. Randomer Dude

        Obviously you’re passionately engaged in the discussion. By the way, pretentious megalomaniacs like you should know it’s bogeypersons, not bogeymen, as her tweet provided sociopaths from both genders.

    3. Theron Kuhn

      A M E N !

  60. Desert Dweller

    How STUPID AND CORRUPT can these traitors BE????

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