New Emails Raise Big Questions About Overnight Ballot Counting in GA

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Although anti-Trumpers inside the Georgia Secretary of State’s office have repeatedly tried to end speculation surrounding events that occurred at the Fulton County State Farm Arena ballot-counting center on Election Night, they’ve never succeeded.

Over the weekend, Just the News’ Daniel Payne obtained several internal emails from Fulton County election workers via an open records request which appear to raise even more questions about what actually took place that night.

Two poll workers, both of whom have signed sworn affidavits, claim that at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, a county official “told workers to stop working for the night” and to return the following morning at 8:30 a.m. to resume counting ballots, according to Payne.

He informs readers that “nearly half a dozen local and national media outlets, meanwhile, reported being told that absentee ballot-counting had ceased at around 10:30 p.m. and would resume the next day. Several reports cited county spokeswoman Regina Waller for that information.”

JTN contacted Waller in December, who confirmed that counting had continued after most workers had left. Waller told JTN that she had “stated to all media … that although several workers were released to go home, a small team remained behind to assist with scanning ballots.”

Payne said it’s “unclear why no media outlets” have reported this.

One of the emails Payne received last weekend was sent by Waller to Jessica Corbitt, the Director of Fulton County External Affairs, State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain, and two other officials at 10:22 p.m. on Nov. 3. It can be viewed here.

Contrary to Waller’s admission to JTN in December that a small team had continued working after 10:30 p.m., Payne’s take on this email is that Waller “appears to indicate that the ballot-counting team had dispersed by around 10:30 p.m.”

Waller wrote: “The workers in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get started again at 8 am tomorrow.” Waller addresses logistics for the press in the remainder of the email.

Upon viewing this email, Payne emailed Waller to ask for clarification. Waller wrote that the email “was in response to a question received asking when all workers would return.” He asked her if she would provide the email she was responding to, but she did not reply.

The second email obtained by Payne was written at 11:15 p.m. by Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun to Corbitt, Waller and two others. This email also throws the “timetable of ballot-counting on Election Night” into question.

Phillips-Calhoun writes, “FYI –  SOS [the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on results.”

Payne notes that “Phillips-Calhoun did not specify what message from the Secretary of State’s office she was referring to. The county worker did not respond to requests for comment.”

The sworn affidavits of the two poll watchers mentioned above confirm “some controversial aspects of the news reports from that night.”

The first statement is from Michelle Branton, a Georgia Republican Party Field Organizer. She claims that at approximately 10:30 p.m., “a woman [in the ballot-processing room] yelled to everyone to stop working and to return the next day at 8:30 a.m. … “Nearly all of the staff workers” left the State Arena. The statement says that Regina Waller and a “small number of workers” remained.

The other sworn statement belonged to Mitchell Harrison, who was from the Georgia Republican Party as well. He had worked with Branton that night and he also reported hearing the official, believed to be Waller, instruct workers to stop working “sometime after 10 o’clock,” and said that “all but 4 election employees” left the facility.

According to Payne, “both Branton and Harrison said they had been directed by a GOP supervisor to obtain the number of ballots scanned and the number remaining to be scanned. Both claimed to have asked Regina Waller for that information three separate times; Waller eventually told them to find the information on the state’s website.”

Payne reports, “the two left State Farm Arena ‘shortly after 10:30 p.m.’ and said that some time after returning to the Fulton County Board of Elections Warehouse, they became aware that ballot counting was still continuing at the arena.” He adds that “Harrison said he and another worker eventually returned to to the Arena ‘just before 1:00 a.m.,’ upon which ‘we were told counting had been going on, but had just ended in the last few minutes.'”

The conflicting statements of Regina Waller are far from the only “irregularities” that have come to light since Election Day.

We all remember the rather remarkable videos of election workers pulling several cases of ballots out from under a table with a tablecloth after Waller had dismissed workers on Election Night.

If ever there was a smoking gun, that video was one. The media came to the rescue and collectively reported that the video had been debunked.

It had not been debunked. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway found what the media, including The Washington Post, was calling a “Big Tech-backed “fact” “checking” outfit.”

Hemingway wrote, “…a  group called Lead Stories published a ‘hoax alert’ falsely claiming to have debunked the security video. The Washington Post, Newsweek, and other outlets followed along, criticizing non-leftist journalists for giving the video traction. In fact, none of the claims made by the Republicans were debunked.”

“Lead Stories’ “fact” “check” says government officials told them everything was fine with the counting, that the ballots were in “containers — not suitcases,” and that “party observers were never told to leave because counting was over for the night,” she added.

No problem. Fox News joined other establishment media outlets that afternoon to report that the incident had been “immediately dismissed, however, after Fran Watson, the chief investigator from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office “filed a sworn statement in federal court claiming that video presented last week at a state Senate meeting does not show voter fraud, as was alleged by President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.”

No rational explanation was ever given for that episode. The news cycle simply moved on and it was forgotten.

Fran Watson. Where have we heard that name before?

Watson spoke to then-President Donald Trump on December 23 and briefed the deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, afterward.

Fuchs later misrepresented the phone call in a conversation with a Washington Post reporter who printed a story about the lies. It went viral.

When the Wall Street Journal published an audio recording of the call which revealed the actual words that had been said, The Post was forced to issue a rare and embarrassing correction.

For nearly three months, knowing that the original Washington Post story misquoted the President, Fran Watson and Jordan Fuchs remained silent. House Democrats even used the words Trump had not uttered in that phone call as evidence in his second impeachment trial.

Early on Election Night, it was reported that a pipe had burst at the State Farm Arena and that it would be necessary to stop counting the votes temporarily. It turned out that a urinal had overflowed early in the morning on Election Day.

The Trump legal team challenged thousands of votes they believed were fraudulent. Below is a list published by The Federalist.

  • 2,560 felons
  • 66,247 underage registrants
  • 2,423 people who were not on the state’s voter rolls
  • 4,926 voters who had registered in another state after they registered in Georgia, making them ineligible
  • 395 people who cast votes in another state for the same election
  • 15,700 voters who had filed national change of address forms without re-registering
  • 40,279 people who had moved counties without re-registering
  • 1,043 people who claimed the physical impossibility of a P.O. Box as their address
  • 98 people who registered after the deadline, and, among others
  • 10,315 people who were deceased on election day (8,718 of whom had been registered as dead before their votes were accepted)

Nearly five months have passed since the November election. Memories may have faded. Records may have been shredded. People have had time to cover their tracks and get their stories straight.

But it’s possible that if investigators keep digging they just might come across something that’s been overlooked, something that someone forgot to “take care of.”

Broken Clocks, Political Parties and Watch Repairmen

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Okay, sometimes twice a day is better than one can hope for.

Take, for example, the Arizona state Senate Republicans who have been using their position, influence and party apparatus for positive action, doing something patriotic Americans have been hoping for over the last few months. YES, they are actually going to conduct an audit of the 2020 general election vote in Maricopa County.

You may recall Fox News called the state for President Joe Biden just before midnight on election night. At the time, Biden was up 9 percentage points over former President Donald Trump. The Associated Press called the state for Biden the next morning, and were immediately followed by NPR which gets its data from the AP. Biden was ahead by 136,000 votes and 80 percent of the vote had been counted.

No additional networks called the state over the next eight days as Biden’s lead steadily dwindled to just over 10,000 votes. Finally on November 12, NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN called it for Biden, handing him the state’s 11 electoral votes.

Allegations of election fraud have lingered in the Grand Canyon state ever since.

Just the News’ Daniel Payne reports:

Republicans in the Arizona legislature will perform a full hand recount of the nearly 2.1 million votes cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election.

Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement released by Arizona Senate Republicans that state GOP leaders have decided on a “preferred forensic audit” the final details of which are currently being worked out.

“The audit will be broad and detailed,” Fann said. “[T]he team will include, but is not limited to, testing the machines, scanning the ballots, performing a full hand count and checking for any IT breaches.

Be still my beating heart … a real audit … with real answers … done by real Republicans (okay Richard Edward, don’t get your hopes up too high).

I used to think that the state-level GOP structures were like broken clocks, destined only to be correct twice a day. Well, I reasoned, better than not right ever, anytime at all. Still, as the 2020 general election fades in the rear-view mirror and voter attention spans shift in recoil to the latest outrage from the socialist left Biden Administration, I realized that I was still left unfulfilled by the court challenges that were never taken up, the audits that never happened, the ‘investigations’ that always seemed to result in ‘nothing to see here, move on’.

I asked myself, “Richard Edward, how do we fix the vote process if we don’t know where or how it’s broken?” I understood that the answer lay in a thorough review of how the vote was counted, absentee ballots and all.

The Arizona Senate Republicans recently got into more than just a contretemps with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (who also hold a GOP majority) over the 2020 election audit. Suits filed lawsuits. The Board appeared to want a quick and dirty audit while the state Senate wanted to dig deeper. Okay, this appeared to be just another episode of Republicans doing the circular firing squad routine that was outlined in the Romney/Ryan manual for political success.

Now what to make of my beloved Arizona GOP? What a surprise. Someone showed up and wound that party clock and now it appears to be running properly. If this gets any better, the Arizona Senate just might renew my faith in the Republican Party and local politics. (Hope, is thy real name hyperbole?)

Well, now that my state GOP is on the road to seeking truth, I am asking myself, “Who is the clock repairman that made this happen”?  Who pulled out the political manual on broken clocks, started teaching this group about standing up and not taking any guff from their political opponents?

Richard Edward thinks back on lessons from his career … sometimes change percolates from the bottom up; but sometimes, it’s the result of bold leadership that models the possible, leads by example, instead of acting like the same old tired leadership that came before.

Think Richard Edward, think … Who is that bold leader that Trumped the old, status quo thinking, showing the Arizona Senate Republicans a new way?

If you believe that conventional thinking by political party structures is, or can lead to, an American Crisis, please leave your thoughts in a comment below..

—  Richard Edward Tracy

Judge Considers Unsealing Absentee Ballots In Fulton County, GA Following Credible Allegations of Fraud

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In the age of technology, it’s almost impossible to get away with a crime. There are 100 ways to get caught and a criminal may think of 99 of them. But somewhere in the paper or the digital trail, resides the one item that was overlooked. And a diligent, persistent investigator will find it.

In the wake of the 2020 presidential election, over 1,000 poll watchers in swing states signed sworn affidavits stating they had witnessed irregularities on and in the days immediately following Nov. 3.

One of the complainants, Garland Favorito, is the co-founder of the Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia, a conservative government watchdog group.

RealClearInvestigations‘ Paul Sperry recounted Favorito’s story. “A curious thing happened as Fulton County, Ga., election officials counted mail-in ballots at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in the days after the election. In the early hours of Nov. 5, a surge of some 20,000 mail-in votes suddenly appeared for Joe Biden, while approximately 1,000 votes for President Trump mysteriously disappeared from his own totals in the critical swing state.”

Favorito observed this “suspicious shift in votes while monitoring the interim election results on the Georgia secretary of state website.”

In the affidavit Favorito had filed with the secretary of state’s office, he wrote, “I concluded from looking at these results that this was an irregularity, since there was no obvious reason for President Trump’s totals to have decreased while former Vice President Biden’s totals increased dramatically.”

Favorito’s claims, along with virtually all of the other allegations were quickly dismissed by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Refusing to be rejected so easily, he filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court. At a court hearing held on Monday, Henry County Judge Brian Amero appeared to take his case seriously.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Amero may unseal absentee ballots in Fulton County so a government watchdog [Favorito’s group] can investigate allegations of voting fraud in the November election.”

Amero said he’s “inclined to order the ballots to be unsealed and reviewed by experts hired by Favorito.” The ballots are currently under seal in the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.

AJC reported:

At Monday’s hearing, Amero said he’s willing to order the absentee ballots to be unsealed if he’s assured their security will not be compromised. He requested a detailed plan, including who would review the ballots, how they would analyze them and how they would secure them.

The judge also discussed a protective order that would prohibit Favorito’s experts from disclosing their work without permission from the court. And he plans to appoint a special master — perhaps a retired superior court judge — to oversee the analysis. If Amero allows it, the review of ballots could begin in late April.

“I can’t sign an order until such time as I’m satisfied that the manner and method (of review) proposed by the petitioners is reasonable,” the judge said.

“We want to do this in such a way that dispels rumors and disinformation and sheds light,” Amero said at the hearing. “The devil’s in the details.”

Favorito is seeking to review absentee ballots in Fulton County. He says county workers fabricated ballots and counted some ballots multiple times on election night. As evidence, his lawsuit cites video of the counting, as well as sworn statements from people who were present.

The observers were suspicious of ballots that were printed on a different stock of paper than regular ballots, appeared to have been printed instead of marked by ink in a voter’s hand or were not creased, indicating they had not been placed in an absentee ballot envelope and mailed.

Naturally, state and county election officials dispute Favorito’s allegations. According to the AJC, these officials have explained that many ballots had been damaged and had to be duplicated before their scanners would process them. The scanners sometimes jam and when that happens, officials said, all of the ballots from a particular batch must be rescanned.

AJC quotes Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the secretary of state’s office, who declared that “the witness statements in the lawsuits are wrong.”

Sterling told a reporter last week that, “It’s not people who are lying, they don’t understand what they’re saying.”

Of course.

Obviously, none of us know what happened with the ballots. But there seems to be too much smoke here for there to be no fire. And taking the Georgia election officials at their word is akin to taking the word of your teenager who swears he didn’t have a party when you were away, even though several bags of beer bottles were found and there’s a huge cigarette burn in the carpet.

Except that the stakes are exponentially greater. In fact, they have already changed the course of America’s future.

The majority of Trump voters, including myself, believe that fraud occurred in the election. We need to pursue each and every one of the allegations made in the sworn affidavits.

I am convinced that somewhere there exists that one detail that was overlooked. We need to find it.

Judge Orders New Election After Finding Majority of Absentee Ballots in Ward Race Not Valid

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A Mississippi judge has called for a new Democratic runoff election to be held for the alderman seat in Aberdeen’s Ward 1.

Judge Jeff Weill cites “evidence of fraud and criminal activity in how absentee ballots were handled, how votes were counted, and the actions by some at the polling place” in a 64-page order, according to WCBI News.

In the June 2020 runoff election, Nicholas Holliday defeated his opponent Robert Devaull by 37 votes. Devaull “challenged the results in court.”

The judge states that “66 of the 84 absentee ballots cast were not valid and should never have been counted.” That represents 78.5 percent of the absentee ballots.

The ruling indicated that after discovering numerous irregularities, the judge “issued a bench warrant for notary Dallas Jones, who notarized the absentee ballots.” In addition, WCBI reported that during the hearing, “Jones admitted violating notary duties.”

Devaull’s attorney, Lydia Quarles explained, “When you have an absentee ballot, there’s an envelope, you vote, fold the ballot, put it in an envelope, lick the flap, sign across the flap, then notary signs your election certificate, she testified that she didn’t sign in front of anybody, didn’t see anybody sign it, she just notarized it, just stamped them.”

Jones told the court that she was called to then-Alderwoman Lady Garth’s home in June “to correct her father’s absentee ballot paperwork. While there, Jones testified she notarized ‘about 30 something ballots.'”

Weill found that “83 regular ballots were counted without being initialed by election workers.”

Judge Weill’s “ruling also said there was clear evidence of voter intimidation and harassment at the polling place on election day. State law says candidates and supporters must stay at least 150 feet away from the polling place. In his ruling, the judge said Holliday, along with Police Chief Henry Randle, and former Mayor Maurice Howard acted as if they were above the law, repeatedly violating criminal statutes.”

After Weill’s ruling, DeVaull replied, “It was always a lot of distraction in Ward 1, that’s what I said earlier, I would like to see, going forward, that be cleaned up, people being able to come and go, vote for who they want to.” DeVaull is looking forward to a fair contest for the seat.

Holliday’s attorney, Walter Zinn, Jr., who is also the Aberdeen City attorney, issued the following statement on Monday:

“Upon review of the orders by the Special Judge, my client and I are left offended in part and befuddled by the ruling of the court. While we respect this legal process and the days of deliberation of each party, the findings of fact are grossly inconsistent with testimony of the witnesses and reflect more of the “copied and pasted” sentiments of the Defendant than what the record from the proceedings would affirm.”

“While left disappointed with these findings, we will explore all the legal remedies afforded to Mr. Holliday under the law including but not limited to a request for the Court to reconsider its findings; a judgment notwithstanding the verdict or new trial; or the appellate process.”

“We are very concerned with the mass disenfranchising of voters, who never testified or subpoenaed to Court; poll workers conduct was attacked, but never listed in name, nor called to testify. There are serious legal and ethical implications from the ruling that we are compelled to explore. We know that this verdict does not reflect the sentiments of the majority of voters of Aberdeen and will seek relief where the law and circumstances allow. Mr. Holliday personally would like to thank all of his supporters for their prayers and support through this process. ”

Dallas has been released on bail.

I know, who cares who ultimately wins the alderman seat in Aberdeen, Mississippi’s first ward? Aside from the candidates themselves and some residents of the ward, probably no one.

Still, it will be interesting to see how this particular case plays out for two reasons.

First, Judge Weill discovered wrongdoing and took action unlike countless other judges who refused to even look at the cases brought forward by former President Donald Trump’s legal team.

Democrats have been quick to say that Team Trump has not been able to provide evidence of fraud. I don’t know if fraud occurred or not, but there sure were alot of anomalies – statistical and otherwise – that don’t add up. That no one was willing to give oxygen to any of them after 1,000 Americans had come forward under the penalty of perjury to expose fraud was wrong. Not even Supreme Court Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh nor Amy Coney Barrett, both of whom owe the greatest honors of their lives to Trump, were willing to look.

The other reason this case is important is because of the enormous portion of the ward’s absentee ballots the judge determined to be invalid – 78.5 percent to be exact.

In a year that saw an explosion in the number of absentee ballots cast nationwide, one has to wonder how many of those ballots were lawfully cast.

Might there be other local elections in the U.S. besides the alderman seat in the first ward of Aberdeen, Mississippi that should be rerun?

In Nevada perhaps? Georgia? Michigan? How many absentee ballots were actually invalid and should never have been counted?

I think the Trump campaign should keep digging and digging for the truth because, even though it won’t change the fact that President Joe Biden now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it would provide satisfaction to many of us to know he got there fraudulently.