Surveillance video from State Farm Arena in Fulton County is just one of the controversies addressed at today’s state hearing about election security in Georgia.
The video, widely circulated in the media this week, purports to show election workers pulling four suitcases of ballots from under a table after observers were dismissed, and proceeding to count them. State and county officials have said the video shows a normal vote counting process, and that Georgia law doesn’t require that observers be present for votes to be counted.
See the surveillance video at 1:47:28 here.
However, numerous witnesses at the Republican-led hearing of the House Governmental Affairs committee raised questions about the process. One witness says observers were dismissed from the area before the suitcases were pulled out and counted for two hours, during which time Democrat Joe Biden pulled ahead of Republican Donald Trump. They observers were reportedly told by election officials that "counting had stopped for the night."
Election officials defend the counting that took place after observers left by stating the observers were not forced or told to leave. The election officials also dispute the claim that people were told counting had halted for the night.
However, a witness told lawmakers that a simple Google search shows the news media were told by election officials that counting was done for the night. The witness stated that, under Georgia law, the Supervisor of Elections is required to notify the public if counting resumes, and that notification was not given.
Another witness told lawmakers that only one of the four suitcases had a proper security tag, and that the others were opened without tags being cut.
Here are some of the other claims made by witnesses during the hearing:
On November 18, Cobb County improperly shredded white privacy envelopes for absentee ballots, required to be saved under Georgia law to show if each ballot arrived by mail.
Multiple observers saw stacks of questionable absentee ballots that had never been folded. To have been mailed, absentee ballots would have to have been folded to fit in the envelope.
Some ballots were kept in the personal vehicles of Dominion Voting Systems officials.
One witness questioned why Dominion, the voting machine company, appeared to be managing election, staying on after other officials left for the night.
One registered Democrat testified she received eight absentee ballot applications from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, while her Republican family members received non.
One Republican official testified that there’s no proper chain of custody for 2% of the votes in Fulton County, a number greater than Biden’s lead in the state.
Multiple observers say they were kept too far away to properly observe the counts.
A witness said he saw insecure ballot transport bags with no security tags. One observer says that when he pointed out an untagged bag with his foot, election workers accused him of having kicked the bag and ejected from the precinct.
Another witness testified that 25,000 votes came from people who had put in permanent out of state change of addresses. The witness pointed out that doesn’t mean they are all improper votes, but said that they should be tracked to find out.
Thousands of people improperly used post office boxes and other invalid addresses as their residential addresses.
Democrats say there are explanations for the complaints. For example, the out-of-state voters could be people who have a primary residence in Georgia and another residence elsewhere, but only vote in Georgia. However, no proof has been presented to indicate this is the case for all of the apparent out-of-state votes. As for the many thousands who used what look like improper addresses, such as post office boxes, Democrats say that’s because some people live in complexes that have a mail center underneath them at the same address. However, Democrats have not supplied proof, nor quantified how many of the questioned addresses this explanation supposedly applies to.
A Democrat lawmaker who spoke at the hearing did not address most of the specific claims but stated there has been no evidence of voter fraud and called the allegations “unsubstantiated.”
He also incorrectly claimed that “all” of the allegations have already been rejected by courts around the United States. In fact, many of the specific allegations have not been presented or heard as part of a court case.
Watch the hearing at the link below:
Todd Whitehead says
Thank you for actually reporting! So nice to read what actually happened.
Michael Smith says
The allegations are unsubstantiated, that's irrelevant. The amount of the complaints, and the number of people making them should be sufficient to investigate, at the least.
Excellent article! Thank you for giving facts and letting us decide. Stay True.
Joe Caldwell says
I am from Georgia and watched the hearing. You have it exactly right.
Sid Gaertner says
Its about time states start to figure out why this happened. Democrats have been planning this since 2016. Planning on how to steal an election. Shame on them
Thanks for covering the hearing Sharyl. This is the first compilation of witness complaints.... and it clearly seems like there was malfeasance... not a surprise when dealing with Dems (and I am a former lifelong Dem). Just ask Tim Canova in FL about how DWS BLATANTLY stole their election both times... but most egregiously and obviously the second time, where mysteriously Canova's vote percentage in almost every district was 5%! When pre-voting polls showed him with many more votes than that.
The Dems know how to game the election that is for sure. See Bernie Sanders ... where they also BLATANTLY cheated in 2016 and 2020 Dem primary. So i have no doubt they did whatever it took to "win" this time. Bastards.
What is the purpose of this hearing? Will it lead to correcting any wrongdoing or tossing out invalid votes ?
Thanks for the honest & fair reporting.
Deb Michaels says
Honestly, the responses from the Democrats amount to gaslighting. Over and over, they make sweeping statements about allegations being unsubstantiated without addressing the specific allegations, Making the case, again, that there's "nothing to see here." Meanwhile, a thousand sworn affidavits and computer data fraud experts say otherwise. At least, seriously investigate all of this. My gosh. (Gaslighting, used mostly by the dems to impugn President Trump, is a term that has roots in that old movie, "Gaslight," where the husband gives his wife a piece of jewelry, steals it, and, slowly drives her crazy as he contributes to her worries about her mental state and why she can't find it.)