When a voter marks and completes an absentee ballot, it is then folded and placed in a sealed envelope to submission or mailing to the County election department. Ballots without creases or those appearing to be marked other than by hand would raise questions about the validity of the ballot.
Sources state that Fulton County has responded that the ballots in question are still under seal, however given the County's poor track record on transparency, the question of the condition, availability and number of retained ballots remains unknown.
These ballots are once again in the spotlight since Harrison Floyd's defense council is seeking to have them unsealed in preparing their defense to answer the charges made by Fani Willis. Floyd is one of 19 defendants including President Trump, indicted by Fani Willis in what many are calling "prosecutorial misconduct."
In 2021, the Garland Favorito case appeared to be making significant progress toward unsealing the ballots in question, that is until Judge Amero suddenly dismissed the case for "lack of standing", a finding since reversed by the GA Courts.