MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 Sep 2021 07:18:52 +0000 Georgia county's elections messy, not fraudulent http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/0c2e5279425f4554b81de7de886ceec3 A monitor who spent months observing election workers in Georgia's most populous county says processes were badly managed but he saw no evidence of fraud. His notes, obtained by AP, challenge allegations of misconduct that have since circulated. (June 16) 0c2e5279425f4554b81de7de886ceec3 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:50:26 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 2 November 20201. Various of Fulton County ballot processing center in State Farm ArenaASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 16 June 2021++COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Carter Jones, independent Fulton County elections monitor:"I spent nearly 270 hours at various locations around Fulton County watching every aspect of their election process, and at no time did I ever observe any conduct by Fulton County election officials that involved any dishonesty, fraud or intentional malfeasance."ASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 2 November 20203. Various of election workers processing ballotsASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 16 June 2021++PARTIALLY COVERED++4. SOUNDBITE (English) Carter Jones, independent Fulton County elections monitor:"There was systemic mismanagement. It was very, very poor, poorly managed, the just sloppy processes top to bottom. However, none of these sloppy processes and poor management should be used to challenge the or assert the argument that the secretary and the state election board should not certify the result. You will see that they managed to make their numbers zero out. They got it there. They got it over the goal line. They made their numbers add up. The vehicle was held together by duct tape and chewing gum, but it got over the goal line."ASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 2 November 20205. Various of election workers processing ballotsASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 16 June 2021++COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Carter Jones, independent Fulton County elections monitor:"Fulton could be doing more to address their mismanagement issues and, you know, I haven't seen any change and when you don't see change in a system this limping or broken or darn near it, it's very concerning for future elections."STORYLINE:An independent monitor who spent months observing election workers in Georgia's most-populous county says processes were badly managed but he saw no evidence of fraud. Notes written by Carter Jones and obtained by The Associated Press detail problems with ballot transfer and storage, as well as inefficient workflows and systemic poor management. But in an exclusive interview with the AP on Wednesday, Jones noted that in the nearly 300 hours he spent at various locations in the county, he did not witness "any dishonesty, fraud or intentional malfeasance." Jones' observations challenge many of the allegations of fraud and misconduct that have circulated since the election. Fulton County includes most of Atlanta and reliably votes for Democrats in statewide and national elections. With roughly 822,500 active voters, the county accounts for about 11% of the state's electorate. The county is about 46% white, 45% Black and about 8% people of Asian descent, according to U.S. Census data.The county's primary last June was plagued by problems, including hourslong lines and absentee ballots that were requested but never received, and the State Election Board entered into a consent order with the county to make changes for the general election. Jones was appointed as an independent monitor to oversee compliance.After losing Georgia by about 12,000 votes, then-President Donald Trump fixated on the state. Making false claims of widespread voter fraud, he and his allies zoomed in on Fulton County, which has long had issues with its elections and has been a frequent punching bag for the GOP, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Jones said the election operations were characterized by systemic poor management and that there were also chain of custody problems and ballot bags that often weren't sealed. While he realizes many of those problems contribute to some people's doubts about the security of the election, he said the fact that he was there and "neurotically took notes" during the many hours he spent observing should provide some comfort.He also noted that while the process was messy, the county managed to get it right in the end."They got it over the goal line. They made their numbers add up," he said. "Yes, the vehicle was held together by duct tape and chewing gum, but it got over the goal line."His observations and report are also meant to help the county going forward, but Jones did express some concerns about that. So far, he said, he hasn't seen any change."When you don't see change in a system this limping or broken or darn near it, it's very concerning for future elections," Jones added.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. A monitor who spent months observing election workers in Georgia's most populous county says processes were badly managed but he saw no evidence of fraud. His notes, obtained by AP, challenge allegations of misconduct that have since circulated. (June 16) Georgia county's elections messy, not fraudulent