After requests from Republican lawmakers for an audit on the 2020 election, Fulton County faces the decertification of its voting machines.
In December, the audit was conducted when Senators Doug Mastriano and Judy Ward asked officials to allow Wake Technology Services to examine the results from the election.
I have no other choice but to decertify the use of Fulton County’s leased Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A voting system last used in the November 2020 election.Veronica Degraffenreid
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid decided that Fulton County was in violation of the state election code because they gave a third party access to their election databases and equipment. She stated that the inspection was done in a way that “was not transparent or bipartisan”.
This action will most likely result in the county having to purchase or lease new voting machines.
Wake TSI, Mastriano, and Fulton County officials have not yet responded to requests for comments on the matter.
In Maricopa County of Arizona, Wake TSI also conducted an audit after voting machines were compromised. This resulted in the county facing potential decertification and having to purchase new machines.
In the 2020 election, Trump received approximately 86% of the vote in Fulton. However, he lost the state to Democrat Joe Biden. Pennsylvania is not the only battleground state to pursue audits surrounding the election in support of Trump’s fraud claims.
Mastriano continues his investigation in other Pennsylvania counties in order to conduct more comprehensive examinations. Tioga county denied the request to allow an investigation due to high costs to replace the machines. Philadelphia county is also expected to decline.