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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2021 file photo, Fulton County Georgia elections workers process absentee ballots for the Senate runoff election in Atlanta. The Georgia State Board of Elections plans to appoint a review panel this week as part of a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state's most populous county under a provision in the state's sweeping new election law. Republican lawmakers cited the new law when they asked the state board last month to appoint the performance review board to investigate Fulton County's handling of elections. The board plans to appoint the panel during its meeting Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)

UPDATE (CBS46) — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the allegations that two Fulton County employees shredded voter registration ballots.

According to a release, Raffensperger says 300 municipal election-related applications were shredded, something not previously released by Fulton County. The Secretary of State's Office says it has already launched an investigation into the allegations.

“After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” said Raffensperger in the release. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”

According to the Secretary of State's Office, state law requires election officials to preserve elections documents related to primary or general elections for 24 months after the election.

The release went on to say that Raffensperger is participating in a review under Georgia's new election law that "could lead to a replacement of the leadership of Fulton County's elections."

Fulton County Commissioner Khadijah Abdur-Rahman also commented on the apparent discovery of voting tampering:

“The revelation of the wrongdoing by two fired employees in our Elections Department makes me angry. The actions of these two individuals will not disparage the hard and consistent work to improve our elections process and procedures. I applaud the employees who took forward-thinking action and immediately reported the incident. In my book they are the heroes and the story is more about them, not about the malfeasance of two people who acted unlawfully. Some will try to make this incident another part of the “pile-on” to taint Fulton County and our elections operation. But, again, the fact we moved so swiftly to hold these two individuals accountable, says so much more about how fair and transparent our process is, and what we stand for in the pursuit of fair and secure elections."

Abdur-Rahman also reminded all voters if they experience an issue when they attempt to vote, there is still an option to cast a provisional ballot.

Resident who have questions may contact the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections at 404-612-7030.

Original story below.

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) — Three weeks before voters head to the polls in Fulton County, two employees have been fired for allegedly shredding a number of paper voter registration applications.

That's according to a release from Fulton County Registration an Elections Director Richard Barron Monday afternoon.

The two employees, who were not identified, may have checked out batches of applications for processing, and instead of fully processing them, they allegedly shredded some of the forms.

All of the registration applications in question were received in the last two weeks. Fellow employees reported the situation Friday and the employees were terminated the same day.

The release goes on to say Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts immediately reported it to the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis for investigation.  

“Elections are the most important function of our government,” said Chairman Pitts in the release. “We have committed to transparency and integrity.”

Barron also referred the actions of the two employees to the Office of Investigations within the Secretary of State’s Office.

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So, what happens if you think your voter registration application might have been impacted? If you attempt to vote in an upcoming election and records show that you are not registered, you will be able to vote on a provisional ballot, and further investigation will follow to see if your registration was affected.

Any Fulton County resident who has questions may contact the Fulton County Department of Registration & Elections at (404) 612-7030.

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