The Fulton County Registration and Elections Board voted 3-2 to fire election director Richard Barron during a public session meeting Tuesday.
Barron has led Fulton’s elections since 2013 and the board originally voted to fire him during a closed-door meeting last week. It was later decided the vote was not binding because it didn’t happen in a public setting.
Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts told Channel 2 investigator reporter Justin Gray that it’s unclear if the election board has the power to fire Barron, without the approval of the county commission.
“Actually it’s sort of the beginning rather than the end. I guess I’m sort of classifying or characterizing it as uncharted territory,” Pitts said.
Fulton County Election board votes 3-2 in public session to fire Election Director Rick Barron.
— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) February 16, 2021
Fulton County received national attention during the 2020 election from the long lines to vote in June to former President Donald Trump’s unfounded fraud allegations in November.
[These “unfounded” claims include video proof of suitcases of ballots being pulled out after everyone was told to leave, ballots being run multiple times in many cases, and actual LIVE evidence of machines being hacked!!]
The Fulton County Commission is expected to take the matter up themselves and vote on whether they accept or reject the firing at a meeting Wednesday morning.
The county’s efforts were criticized by the state and the Trump campaign, which argued the results were tainted by voter fraud.
A similar vote against Barron was held last week but ruled invalid because it was taken in an executive, or private, session, 11alive.com also reports.
Dr. Kathleen Ruth, Mark Wingate, two Republicans, and board vice chair Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, a Democrat, voted to remove Barron.
Board Chairperson Mary Carole Cooney and Aaron Johnson, two Democrats, voted to retain him.
The county faced criticism in November and December over issues regarding election security, staffing, resources and ballot chain of custody.
A server crashing during the recount also became an issue, with the state saying the county “literally ignored the basic instructions and the directions of the vendor.”
The Secretary of State’s Office said at the time the county “cut a corner” by using a Dominion Systems server that had been meant for testing, 11alive.com also reported.