The conduct of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appears highly suspicious, to put it mildly. Some might say he’s deliberately trying to obstruct a review of the votes cast in the November 2020 elections.
John Solomon broke the news last week.
In December 2020 … Voter GA filed a suit against the then-chairperson of the Fulton County Board of Elections based on a sudden, implausible spike of 20,000 votes in favor of Joe Biden on election night, along with sworn testimony from hand count auditors who say they saw batches of counterfeit ballots during the county’s post-election hand recount. The witnesses cite uncreased ballots, different paper stock, and ballots marked with toner instead of writing implements as reasons for their suspicions.
Based on the affidavits and other evidence, the judge in the case found probable cause to conditionally unseal the county’s ballots for a forensic audit. Voter GA was given until March 25 to submit a plan to the judge detailing what the audit would look like — which experts they were going to use, where the audit would take place, etc.
Last week, Raffensperger, who is not a party to the suit, filed an amicus brief in an attempt to block the effort to unseal and examine the ballots.
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In his brief, Raffensperger cites Georgia’s new election security bill, signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on March 25, as allowing the “public disclosure of ballot images, but not ballots,” meaning the auditors would have access to digital images of the ballots, created by the tabulation machines, but not the physical ballots themselves.
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“[A]ny legal challenges to the results of the 2020 general are also moot,” claims the brief, “as the results of that election have already been tabulated, audited by hand count, recounted by machine tabulation, and were certified by the secretary of state on November 20, 2020, who has the sole authority to certify election results” under Georgia law.
“The public interest would not be served by allowing Petitioners to undergo an unlawful fishing expedition into sealed ballots in their attempt to undermine the results of the general election,” continues the brief.
There’s more at the link.
Arguments in court yesterday about the matter proved very interesting. The judge has agreed that the plaintiffs, Voter GA, must indeed examine images first, rather than actual ballots, as Georgia’s new law provides: but he has not ruled out examining the ballots themselves. Voter GA’s attorney made a very strong case for the latter by arguing that to use a photocopy of a counterfeit hundred-dollar bill to determine whether or not it’s counterfeit is ridiculous. The truth of that proposition is self-evident. How can one determine whether a ballot is hand-written, or machine-produced, or a photocopy produced for fraudulent purposes, if one can’t examine the original?
My response is very simple. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure free, fair and honest elections – except those who “fix” them. The latter can be expected to put every possible obstacle in the way of those trying to ensure fairness and honesty. The fact that the Georgia Secretary of State is doing precisely that is a bright flashing warning light that he may well be trying to sabotage fairness and honesty, rather than ensure them.
Keep an eye on proceedings in Fulton County. If those votes are proved fraudulent, that may be enough to disqualify the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia as a whole – and may be used to call into question the Senate elections in that state in January 2021. If those are overturned, the Democratic Party will lose control of the Senate . . . and then, ain’t we got fun?