According to a rule pertaining to absentee ballots, they "shall be immediately transported to the county registrar" by a collection team consisting of two people. 43,000 absentee ballots were found violating the chain of custody requirements.
“The Georgia Star News obtained 725 absentee ballot drop box transfer forms used in the November 2020 election in DeKalb County to document the chain of custody of the 61,731 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes from the DeKalb County law department in response to an open records request.”
These absentee ballots were collected and documented as received between 13 to 22 hours, nearly equal to a full day. All the 43,000 ballots were deposited and counted in DeKalb County despite their clear violation of the chain of custody documentation.
The Star News reported similar events in Cobb County and Fulton County as well. When Fulton County couldn’t provide the absentee ballots, an official working there admitted that the ballots were missing.