Chris Harvey, the elections director within the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, has decided to leave the agency for a different position.
Harvey oversaw the 2020 election and was responsible for implementing a new voting system and machines in the state of Georgia.
In a statement announcing his departure, Harvey stated, “When I reflect on the many years I have spent fighting for the integrity of Georgia’s elections, I am most proud of the successful elections we executed in November 2018 and 2020.”
While Harvey is “proud” of his work in the 2020 election, voters in the November 2020 election throughout the state have expressed widespread concern over the security of the election. One example of these concerns revolves around Fulton County — a population hub within the state. Even though the election was over six months ago, the county has failed to provide a chain of custody documents for 18,901 vote-by-mail absentee ballots deposited by voters into drop boxes.
Recently, a judge ruled to allow an audit of 145,000 absentee ballots from Fulton County.
Controversial Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger commended Harvey on his job performance. Raffensperger said, “Chris Harvey has been a pillar of the Elections Division since day one, and has been there in the trenches as we defended the integrity of our elections, first from baseless accusations of voter suppression, then baseless accusations of voter fraud.”
Raffensperger will seek another term as Secretary of State, even though he has faced sharp backlash from members of his own party over his handling of the 2020 election. Further, Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA-10) has launched a GOP primary campaign against the incumbent. President Trump has endorsed Hice for this position.
Harvey is accepting a position with Georgia POST, the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
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