One would think that if you were in the state of Georgia, that you would want to have someone handling your elections as honestly as possible.
After all, it isn’t just about the national stage. You have local and state elections to worry about that affect people the other three years out of the election cycle.
There are places and jobs where it might be alright to be a little lax in your organization or how you properly handle things, but I would imagine that election officials are not in that category. Actually, now that I think of it the state of Georgia has a lot of officials working in the elections department where the word lax seems to be in the job descrption itself.
A Georgia election official has been fired for not following established protocols and disregarding the necessary processes to account for and record all legal ballots.
DeKalb County spokesman Eric Burton said that this was the unnamed employee’s second infraction in a day, WXIA-TV reported.
The DeKalb County Department of Voter Registration and Elections officials said Friday morning that following the manager’s termination, they discovered 59 additional ballots that had not been counted.
The officials immediately notified the Secretary of State’s Office following their discovery.
“According to our internal review, this is the same person that made the human error in failing to follow protocols which caused our previous re-certification. Since the employee’s departure, management’s corrective actions and reviews ultimately yielded 59 additional ballots that were omitted from our count,” the statement read, according to WXIA.
“All of our internal reviews indicate that these two omissions were primarily caused by a single employee’s negligent failure to follow protocol and are in no way reflective of our collective efforts to maintain the highest standards for election safety, security and transparency.
“The voters of DeKalb did their part in casting their ballots this election cycle and we refuse to allow the reckless acts of one irresponsible former employee to discredit this entire election and the votes of more than 373,000 DeKalb County residents.”
Floyd County election chief Robert Brady was asked to resign by the secretary of state but he refused, so the Floyd County Board of Elections voted to terminate him Thursday.