by WorldTribune Staff, June 16, 2021
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams controlled and financed the main contractor used in Fulton County’s elections in the Nov. 3 presidential elections and Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs, residents of Fulton County testified at a public meeting on Wednesday.
In a meeting broadcast live on GA Government TV, the residents presented what they said was evidence showing direct financial underwriting of the staffing service Happy Faces Personnel Group by groups controlled by Abrams.
“In other words, a highly partisan Democrat political operative controlled the elections in Fulton County, which also involved a Nigerian national,” CDMedia reported.
CDMedia had reported in March that it was provided deposition transcripts of a Nigerian national who was selected by Dominion Voting Systems to be the Fulton County “County Technician” during the 2020 U.S. general election.
The residents testified that Abrams owns 16 percent of Now Account, and that Now Account financed and recruited employees for Happy Faces.
Happy Faces Personnel Group was “invaluable” to Fulton County for its election workers, local Fulton County online newspaper The Neighbor reported in early June, citing the county’s elections chief.
Though the county has been criticized for its reliance on temporary workers, Richard Barron, Fulton’s director of elections and registration, said Happy Faces saves the county money due to the fact that starting around 2015, its supplemental staff could no longer work as full-time employees because of the Affordable Cares Act’s definition of full-timers as anyone working at least 30 hours a week, the report noted.
“With overtime demands, compliance demands, we would have to double our workforce, if not triple it in big elections,” Barron said. “We needed flexibility and efficiency in the hiring process.”
Meanwhile, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his office is investigating Fulton County after an elections official admitted chain-of-custody documents on ballots from drop boxes was missing.
Related: Fulton County Georgia finally admits: Chain-of-custody documents missing for absentee ballots, June 15, 2021
Raffensperger said the investigation was necessary because Fulton County’s elections leadership “fail[ed] the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia,” leaving a void that required “new leadership to step up and take charge.”
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” Raffensperger tweeted on Monday.