Speaker David Ralston made the demand in a Thursday letter to Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron in which he asked for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved to “determine if any irregularities or willful fraud occurred.”
"Recently, media reports have surfaced which call into question the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election," Ralston announced. "Given the seriousness of this situation and the possible repercussions for our state and nation, it is time we have an independent investigation – once and for all – of the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted, and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election."
President Joe Biden won the state by about 12,000 votes roughly eight months ago, a tally asserted in several recounts and certified by the state, though, former President Donald Trump and his allies claim there was widespread election fraud in the Peach State, among others, as well.
Ralston's call for an investigation into Georgia's most populous county came the same day that state Sen. Burt Jones, a Republican on the Senate Government Oversight Committee, addressed a letter to committee Chairman Sen. Marty Harbin calling on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to testify regarding the election results.
Both Ralston and Jones referenced reports that have supposedly called into question the ultimate vote tallies, yet neither has presented evidence that Biden’s win could be invalidated. One report last week claimed that almost 200 absentee ballots were scanned twice.
Separately, Raffensperger urged local officials last week to terminate both Barron and Ralph Jones, the registration chief, for their "continued failures."
“Every time we think we’ve reached the peak of Fulton’s election mismanagement issues, more comes to light,” the secretary of state explained to the Daily Caller News Foundation. “I’ve been calling for change in Fulton since day one. Maintaining public confidence in our elections begins in Fulton County."
A report written by an independent election observer observing the November election in Fulton, which covers much of Atlanta, discovered that the county's election was sloppily handled though did not uncover any fraud. Raffensperger opened an investigation last month into the handling of paperwork in Fulton County related to the use of drop boxes for the 2020 election.
The secretary of state was thrust into the national spotlight after it was announced that Trump attempted pressuring him to “find” the number of votes needed to win the state. That call is now under scrutiny as part of a criminal investigation into Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election in Fulton County.