This morning, despite concerns from across the county and state, Joel Natt was sworn in for another term on the Forsyth County’s board of registrations and elections.
According to sources, the method by which Natt's nomination was conducted did not comply with county nor state law, and should have been voided and replaced with a lawful nomination.
The County Commission was advised of the issue months earlier this year and failed to correct the problem.
A citizen activist Hank Sullivan has been publishing updates for several months leading up to today's swearing in.
Final Communication With Forsyth County Commission Regarding Appointment of Joel Natt to Board of Elections
Natt whose position requires him (and the rest of the Board) to maintain clean accurate and timely voter rolls for the county, was captured on hidden video last year stating that he voted against a group of 12,000 challenges because he was fearful of being sued.
He then went so far as to admit that he agreed with the challenges and believed that Forsyth voter rolls were as much as 20% inflated by registrations which should not exist.
In the past few weeks, Catherine Englebrecht disclosed a meeting she had with Brad Raffensperger’s team in the period prior to the 2020 Election. During that meeting she told Raffensperger that True the Vote had identified over 360,000 invalid registrations within Georgia voter rolls. Raffensperger’s team did some quick calculations and indicated they thought the number was about right – yet did NOTHING to clean these registrations from the rolls prior to the 2020 election. The problem: over 60,000 of these registrations were used to cast votes in 2020. More than five times the supposed margin of victory.
Given the Forsyth County Commissioners refusal to address and correct this unlawful nomination – which has now become an unlawfully seated member of Board of Registrations and Elections - one cannot help but notice the similarity of response between Forsyth County and Raffenspergers office when faced with unlawful process. Inaction and silence.
The Forsyth County News published a story on the nomination of Natt last week. They too received no answer on their questions from The County Commissioners, their attorney, nor Jerry Marinich, prior Chairman of the Forsyth GOP and the one who presented the unlawful nomination.
Sources state that Marinich produced an unsigned letter to the County Commission months ahead of when it was due, in which he stated Natt was being nominated, in an apparent attempt to circumvent the ability of the incoming Executive Board’s ability to run a selection process and provide a lawful nomination.
Natt is on record testifying before the Georgia legislature AGAINST the election integrity bill. In his comments he complained about having to buy more copy paper and that it would be more difficult to keep poll workers.
Those close to the matter suggest the issues are far from over and cite Georgia law which provides several avenues to uncover and pursue the lack of action by the County Commission, Natt and others. They point out that the County Commissioners were made fully aware of the laws requirements many months ago and had plenty of time to void the unlawful nomination and replace it with a lawfully made nomination.
They also note that Oaths taken by public officials in Georgia require them to uphold the laws and Constitution of Georgia as well as the Constitution of the U.S. and state today’s action may have violated the Oaths of a number of officials.