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Election Integrity Win in Georgia: Election Board Reprimands Fulton County, Will Appoint Monitor for 2024

The Georgia Election Board voted Tuesday to reprimand Fulton County for its conduct of the 2020 election and direct the appointment of an independent monitor to oversee this fall’s general election.

The Georgia Recorder reported that the 2-1 vote came after investigators from the Georgia secretary of state’s office confirmed the county double-scanned 3,075 ballots during a statewide recount of the 2020 presidential election.

There also was a dispute over 17,000 ballot images that are missing, according to a complaint.

Investigators concluded the errors in question would not have changed the overall result of the 2020 election in Georgia.

Democrat Joe Biden defeated then-President Donald Trump by 11,779 votes, or about 0.3 percent of the nearly 5 million ballots cast.

Biden carried Fulton County by approximately 243,000 votes, or 73 percent to 26 percent.

During the Election Board meeting, an investigator noted that an independent audit published in January 2021 and a Performance Review Board review, requested by the Georgia lawmakers and released in January 2023, found significant issues in Fulton County’s handling of ballots.

Georgia voter Joe Rossi alleged in a complaint reviewed by the board that the 2020 election was flawed, both in the machine count to certify the election and the hand recount done afterward.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board member Janice Johnston asked Charlene McGowan, general counsel for the Georgia secretary of state, about the more than 3,000 ballots that were double-scanned during the machine recount.

“We did partially substantiate that we believe that there are duplicate ballot images. Whether or not those were actually included in the tabulated results is inconclusive,” McGowan said.

Board chairman John Fervier followed up by noting there had been three different counts in Georgia in 2020: the election night results, the machine recount results and the results of the hand recount conducted later in November following discrepancies revealed by the machine recounts in some counties.

The hand recount found Biden’s win over Trump to be by about 1,200 fewer votes.

“So if there were duplicate ballots [counted], they would have shown in the hand recount … Correct?” Fervier asked.

“I think that’s a reasonable assumption,” McGowan answered.

“The results of the recount were lower, somewhat lower, marginally lower than the originally certified results,” she said. “So if you had 3,000 ballots that were counted twice, you would expect the results to be larger by that amount.”

Johnston also asked about 17,000 ballots that were counted but not scanned, wondering if the ballots really existed.

“We have the paper ballots,” McGowan responded. “The paper ballots exist. There’s no 17,000 missing ballots. The discrepancy, the 17,000 discrepancy, was because of that scanner error, the programming error in the scanner that got corrected.

“The results were recertified and re-reported and that accounted for the 17,000 difference. There was no missing ballots. … We have hand-counted every single ballot.”

Johnston chose to vote against the motion to simply reprimand Fulton County and appoint a monitor, arguing it did not go far enough.

“With over 140 violations of election laws and rules, it would be a travesty not to refer this to the Attorney General and let this ride,” she said, according to the Georgia Recorder.

Rossi, who was in attendance at Tuesday’s board meeting, said his concerns about the 2020 election were vindicated.

“It has now been factually proven both the hand audit and the certified machine count have both been found to be in violation of Georgia election law,” he told the board.

“I’ll close with one word: vindicated.”

The January 2021 independent audit report commissioned by the board identified many abnormalities in Fulton County’s handling of ballots in the 2020 general election.

“There were persistent chain of custody issues throughout the entire absentee ballot processing system,” the report said.

It added that “the fact that ballots were delivered to State Farm Arena in unsecured mail carts is very concerning. … Protocol for securing ballots exists not only to protect the ballots themselves but also to ensure that no ballot box stuffing occurred.”

On election night, party observers and media at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the venue where votes were counted, were told counting had stopped, only for it to resume for nearly two more hours soon thereafter.

The election review concluded that “the truth about what happened on the night of November 3rd between 10:30PM and 11:52PM [at State Farm Arena] continues to be elusive … but if the [GOP] poll watchers are correct, then there is a serious problem.”

Fulton County registration chief Ralph Jones, who was present at State Farm Arena that night, resigned in August 2021 after coming under intense criticism for the county’s handling of the 2020 election.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had called for his firing, along with that of county election director Rick Barron, the previous month.

Barron resigned in December 2021.

READ 20 COMMENTS
  • andrewp05 says:

    everyone is distracted with the machine counts and hand counts. That is not the problem. Ballot harvesting is another name for ballot box stuffing, so that the counts match up. It is an investigation into the actual ballots that is needed, how many actually are legit, how many were filled out by ballot harvesting teams. This is the real question and it takes a lot of time and legwork to expose this, thus the push to do away with signature verification as that is one of the easiest first checks, the universal mailing of ballots, makes it harder to track down and easier to collect, no voter ID makes it easier for people to drop off ballots and so on. This primarily happens in the large urban cities where numbers are more easily hidden in the legit numbers, but it happens in the smaller counties as well, just not significant enough to affect national elections.

  • J says:

    ARREST THEM AND GIVE THEM CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR FALSIFYING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

    THE FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD OF HAD GALLOWS BUILT LONG AGO!

  • Bobby says:

    Then why is that bastard biden still in office and alive? Hang that SOB for treason, and every one of the communists.

  • Jack Frost says:

    Just the fact that Marxists like Joe Biden and Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were elected in the Red State of Georgia raises suspicions. These 3 low life scumbags do not represent the beliefs of the people of Georgia. Somehow they scammed the system.

  • A. Michaels says:

    Oh my! How will the dems ever win if we expose ALL their underhanded tactics?

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