A physical inspection of ballots was supposed to happen in Fulton County in Georgia.
However, as the forensic audit was about to begin, Georgia Attorney General Raffensperger filed an Amicus Brief.
He wanted to STOP the physical inspection of the ballots.
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And it worked.
Currently, no one is able to examine, inspect, or even look at those ballots.
This raises the question: Why is Raffensperger preventing election transparency?
If there is nothing to hide, then why prevent accountability groups from taking a look at the ballots?
It appears as though Raffensperger is trying to “cover up” something in Georgia.
If he’s not, then why block the audit in the first place?
More details on this questionable development below:
Georgia election chief Raffensperger in ‘coverup mode,’ says plaintiff in vote fraud suit | Just The News https://t.co/8kQnEZq0NS
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) April 8, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Asks Court NOT TO LET PETITIONERS INSPECT, Scan Ballots..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) April 5, 2021
2020 Election Integrity: GEORGIA DROPBOX UPDATE – Election Officials Cannot Produce Records Required By Law
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) April 8, 2021
If the results of the 2020 presidential election were legitimate, then why prevent their inspection?
This shouldn’t be a tough ask!
After all, shouldn’t we want transparency and integrity in a healthy democracy?
Instead, Raffensberger is not allowing petitioners to even look at the ballots.
Just the News confirms that a new suit claims that Raffensperger is in “cover up” mode:
An attempt by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to block physical inspection of ballots cast in Fulton County, Ga. in the November presidential election is part of an election fraud “coverup,” voting integrity activist Garland Favorito charged Tuesday in an interview with Just the News.
In December 2020, Favorito’s organization 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. a Republican who has resisted demands by former President Donald Trump and others to investigate claims of vote-counting mischief in the state’s 2020 presidential vote,
In the months following the November election, Raffensperger unbendingly defended the validity of the ballots cast in Georgia. In the process, he emerged as a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, who repeatedly told Raffensperger that if his office scrutinized the ballots in Fulton County, they would find election cheating.
Favorito believes Raffensperger filed his amicus brief because Trump is right, and the secretary of state has something to hide. Raffensperger is “in coverup mode,” alleged Favorito. “There’s nothing new in this brief that concerns us. What concerns us is that we have a secretary of state who doesn’t believe in election integrity.”
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.
“In creating this limited exception, the General Assembly expressed its clear intent to only allow public disclosure of ballot images while maintaining the confidentiality of ballots from public,” asserts the secretary of state’s brief.
The Raffensperger filing goes on to warn that, even if the judge were to permit the audit of the physical ballots, it would be a felony for anyone who is not the officer charged with handling the ballots to touch them.
“[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.
Raffensperger insists that his brief does not prevent an audit, emphasizing his support for the release of ballot images, as opposed to actual ballots.
“Unfortunately, some in the media are mischaracterizing our motion, insinuating that we are preventing an audit, which is false,” Raffensperger said in a statement Monday. “The paper ballots have been sealed, and recent updates to the Georgia Open Records Act allow for the public disclosure for ballot images only (not ballots).”
“There’s nothing in that bill that would prevent us from looking at ballots,” Favorito countered. “That’s just complete hogwash.”
Here’s a newsflash for Democrats, the Deep State, and Establishment Republicans:
If you want to put doubts about the 2020 presidential election to rest, then allow FULL TRANSPARENCY.
Anything less than that will continue to cast doubt on the election.
If the election was truly legitimate, then why do you have anything to hide?!
"A summons was served to Raffensperger saying he has 21 days to respond to the lawsuit or a judgment will be entered against him. Black Voters Matter, The New Georgia Project and Rise Inc. filed the suit within hours of Gov. Brian Kemp signing SB 202."https://t.co/VfasSO0cRM
— Black Voters Matter (@BlackVotersMtr) April 2, 2021
Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger: "In Georgia, we had a fair and honest election. It didn't turn out the way my party wanted it to turn out. I was disappointed also, but at the end of the day, President Trump came up short." pic.twitter.com/h1tVCkdR33
— The Hill (@thehill) April 8, 2021
Just three weeks ago, it appeared as though a government watch dog group would be able to inspect the ballots.
Now, Raffensberger’s actions have thrown that all into question.
In March, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported:
A judge may unseal absentee ballots in Fulton County so a government watchdog can investigate allegations of voting fraud in the November election.
A lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court contends that fraudulent ballots were cast and other irregularities occurred as workers counted ballots at State Farm Arena on election night. Those allegations were investigated and dismissed by the secretary of state’s office. Nonetheless, Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero — who is overseeing the case — said he’s inclined to order the ballots to be unsealed and reviewed by experts hired by Garland Favorito, a voting-integrity advocate.
At a hearing Monday, Amero sought a detailed plan for maintaining the secrecy and security of the ballots, which — by state law — are under seal in the Fulton County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
“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’s case is part of a wave of lawsuits that have alleged fraud or misconduct in the November presidential election. Some sought to overturn Joe Biden’s win in Georgia, while others sought to change election rules for the January U.S. Senate runoffs.
None of them succeeded. But the accusations of fraud have inspired a slew of bills in the Georgia General Assembly that could restrict voting in the name of election security. And more recent lawsuits have sought access to ballots and other information that could shed light on fraud allegations.
In a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court in December, the group VoterGA is seeking copies of 100 ballot images from a recent judicial election so the group can analyze what it believes are “anomalies in the election results.”
Last week the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, alleging his office has violated the Georgia Open Records Act. In November, Judicial Watch requested documents related to a 2020 settlement agreement that required additional procedures before absentee ballots could be rejected for mismatched voter signatures. It also requested documents related to the processing of absentee ballots in November.
The group’s lawsuit, filed in Fulton County Superior Court, says Raffensperger’s office still hasn’t provided the requested documents. Raffensperger’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Favorito is seeking to review absentee ballots in Fulton County. He says county workers likely 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.
Investigators with the secretary of state’s office reviewed hours of video from election night and said they saw nothing improper.
So what do you think?
Are Raffensberger’s actions innocent?
Or is he in cover-up mode?
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