The chairman of 佐治亚州 Fulton County Board of Commissioners insisted the county deserves an “A-plus” for its handling of the general 选举 during a Georgia Senate Government Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday.
Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chair Rob Pitts objected to criticism of the county from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger earlier in the week.
“I would give ourselves, 富尔顿县, an A-plus for the work we did with respect to the Nov. 3 选举,” Pitts said on Thursday.
Georgia’s largest county, home to approximately 1 百万人, has spent “an excess of $ 35 百万” to ensure a fair election, 他说.
“I can tell you that beyond a shadow of a doubt there’s been no instance of any unusual activity within Fulton County,” 他继续. “Has there been a situation from time to time where there’s an issue with technology? 是. Has there been a situation from time to time where there may be human error? But as far as an orchestrated effort to manipulate votes in Fulton County, that’s not the case. I have challenged anyone who has made those allegations to come forward.”
Fulton County has made headlines for issues counting votes during a recount, including a newly purchased Dominion Voting Systems mobile server crashing and a reporting issue requiring officials to rescan more than 300,000 选票.
Those problems drew criticism from Raffensberger on Tuesday
“The real issue is a Fulton County employee made several compounding errors,” 拉芬斯佩格说. “Instead of following the procedures that my office and the vendor laid out, Fulton County once again cut corners. The biggest one being [the employee] backed up the election project on the server itself instead of on an external backup. Because of that decision, they lost the ability to upload hundreds of thousands of scanned ballots.”
“Us and our office, and I think the rest of the state, is getting a little tired of always having to wait on Fulton County and always having to put up with their dysfunction,” Raffensperger said on Tuesday. “They can still make it by our midnight Wednesday deadline, but they seem to want to make it a dramatic finish.”
与此同时, Georgia is due to recertify its election results this week after the Trump campaign 要求的 a recount in addition to an earlier hand recount.