Georgia’s statewide election results were the source of significant speculation following November’s presidential race, with Fulton County being an area of particular interest.
Judging from a recent decision by the county’s elections board, the backlash is not limited to pundits and voters. According to the Daily Wire, the board recently moved to fire elections director Rick Barron.
The move came by way of a bipartisan vote on Tuesday and despite calls from members of Barron’s staff who requested that he be allowed to remain in the position.
“Responsible for our success”
A letter from his staff claimed that Barron “is responsible for our success, the County’s success amid all of this.”
His allies went on to laud him for “his ability to guide, motivate, steer and maintain the course of integrity, honesty, and fairness.”
Nevertheless, those responsible for Fulton County elections apparently feel otherwise. In order for the termination to become final, it must be approved by the county’s board of commissioners.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also shared some harsh words of criticism over the manner in which the state’s most populous county handled the election.
“The real issue is a Fulton County employee made several compounding errors,” the Republican official said. “Instead of following the procedures that my office and the vendor laid out, Fulton County once again cut corners.”
“No instance of any unusual activity”
Raffensperger said that officials across Georgia are “getting a little tired of always having to wait on Fulton County and always having to put up with their dysfunction.”
As for whether Barron deserves to lose his job because of the situation, however, remains open for debate. Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chair Rob Pitts disputed Raffensperger’s characterization, arguing that the county actually performed fairly well under the circumstances.
“I can tell you that beyond a shadow of a doubt there’s been no instance of any unusual activity within Fulton County,” he insisted. “Has there been a situation from time to time where there’s an issue with technology? Yes. Has there been a situation from time to time where there may be human error?”
Nevertheless, he concluded that it is “not the case” that there was “an orchestrated effort to manipulate votes in Fulton County,” challenging “anyone who has made those allegations to come forward.”