A GEORGIA election worker has been forced into hiding over a fake claim that he threw away a ballot in a misleading video.
Fulton Election Director Rick Barron insisted on Friday evening the denounced election worker from State Farm Arena has been falsely accused.
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As the elections supervisor addressed a group of bipartisan attendees in Atlanta, Georgia, he said the worker in questions is now "in hiding."
The poll worker has been condemned on social media after footage of a man appearing to crumble an absentee ballot went viral.
The 34-second video – which claimed the poll worker was "agitated" – has since obtained more than 4.9million views.
"Wonder how many more times this dude flipped out and threw away ballots," the Twitter user wrote alongside the footage.
According to Barron, the backlash over the video has prompted the poll worker to "leave his house and go stay with friends."
“He’s afraid to drive his car because the information about his car, about his license plate are out there," Barron said.
As Barron continued to speak at the Fulton County elections warehouse, he explained: "It's been questioned if the employee in the video was discarding one of those ballots.
"The answer is no – undeniably, no. At no time was the poll worker able to extract the ballot."
The worker has had "threats" against him and had to "shut down his social media," Barron said at the news conference, according to WTHR.
Barron added: “However one thing that you need to know is that those ballots are 8-in-a-half by 19 inches long.
“At no time did you see him extract anything from the envelope and that crumbled piece of paper – they were instructions and it was a smaller piece of paper.”
Barron later praised the poll worker as being the "fasted one – we depended on him."
"I sorrow that all of this has happened to him for simply wanting to be an election worker and doing nothing but a good job at that," he said.
The Twitter video that sparked the man to go into hiding was taken at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Election Day.
However, it is unknown who captured the original video – as the viral footage is a recording of the cell phone video.
At one point, the person narrating the footage is heard saying: "If that is not voter fraud I don’t know what is."
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