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.”