Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Thursday praising Georgia Star News journalist Laura Baigert for her investigative reporting efforts.
“Thank you and congratulations to Laura Baigert of the Georgia Star News on the incredible reporting you have done. Keep going! The scam is all unraveling fast!” President Trump said of her reporting.
Recently, Baigert has been investigating the process of the November 2020 election throughout the state of Georgia. She has uncovered several concerning actions relating the handling of absentee ballots, specifically in Fulton County — a population center of Georgia.
According to her reporting, several months after the November 2020 election and after failing on two occasions to produce a complete chain of custody documents for absentee ballot drop boxes, the Fulton County Registration and an Elections official said that they “needed more time” to produce the documents.
Due to her efforts in uncovering the questionable actions, a Fulton County election official told The Star News that “a few forms are missing” and that “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.”
However, her analysis demonstrated that drop box ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes provided by Fulton County in response to an Open Records Request showed that 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms Fulton County said should have been provided are missing – a number that is significantly greater than “a few” by any objective standard. According to a spreadsheet provided by Fulton County, 18,901 absentee ballots that should have been tracked in these 385 missing forms now have no chain of custody documentation.
The concerns across the state inspired officials in Georgia to pass new election laws, meant to strengthen the integrity of the election process.
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