On Monday, June 14, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced an investigation into Fulton County for its neglect in handling the chain of custody documents of the absentee ballots cast in the 2020 election. 

After the June 9 report, the most populous county in Georgia could only provide 75% of the ballots’ legal records. According to the Star News, which initiated the request for provision of the documents, the missing data was equivalent to “more than 6,000 votes greater than the less than 12,000 vote margin of Biden’s certified victory in the state.”

According to a source, CNN reported that the probe was going to look for potential “rule violation” in the county. Raffensperger’s office had initiated similar investigations in Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties several months before. 

“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” the Georgian official said in a Tweet on Tuesday, June 15.

“Restoring confidence in our elections is going to be impossible as long as Fulton County’s elections leadership continues to fail the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia,” said Raffensperger in an earlier Tweet. “They need new leadership to step up and take charge.”

Democrat Robb Pitts, Chairman of Fulton County Commission, criticized the probe, saying that there should be more attention on future elections than dwelling on the settled results in 2020. 

“His [Raffensperger] comrades in this fight are conspiracy theorists who promote the same Big Lie that he purportedly doesn’t believe. The votes have been counted three times, including a hand recount, and President Biden came out ahead every time,” said Pitts in a statement according to CNN. “Given the results in 2020, I would suggest he focus more on the next election than relitigating this last one.”

Aside from the criticisms from Democratic members, who would usually stand by the 2020 election outcome and dismiss most accusations around its validity,  Raffensperger’s effort could not convince those that support former President Donald Trump’s claims of the rigged election either. 

“Raffensperger deserves to be held accountable for the more than 300,000 invalid ballots without chain of custody documentation associated with them,” said right-wing news outlet Gateway Pundit, which argued that Raffensperger could have launched the investigation in November last year, not until Fulton’s mishandling was unearthed. 

It was confusing indeed on which side of the 2020 presidential feud he was leaning because it was Raffensperger himself who certified that Joe Biden won the state of Georgia in the race against Donald Trump. 

According to the Savannah Morning News, two weeks before the announcement of the Fulton investigation, the 66-year-old Secretary of State of Georgia said he would stand by the results of “a safe and secure election.”

“Those ballots have been counted three times. And all three results came up with virtually the same result. And that was that Vice President Biden carried the state of Georgia in 2020,” stated Raffensperger.