An investigation has been opened by the state of Georgia into documents that were to have provided a chain-of-custody documentation for ballots from the 2020 presidential election that are missing.
Just the News said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed that the review will look into whether Fulton County violated state rules in losing the ballot documents
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” Raffensperger said Monday.
Details remained unclear.
New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue.
— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) June 14, 2021
The investigation followed a report Monday in the the Georgia Star News in which a state election official acknowledged that absentee ballot chain-of-custody documents were “missing” or “misplaced.”
It analyzed paperwork from the 2020 elections and discovered 385 out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms were missing. Those forms actually are required by state law to record the date, time, location, and the number of ballots collected from each absentee ballot drop-off location.
Confirmed as missing were documents for 18,901 ballots, nearly 7,000 ballots more than the 12,000 vote margin by which Biden won the state in 2020.
The report said the “stunning admission” about the missing documents came from Mariska Bodison, of the Fulton County Registration & Elections office.
She said, in the Georgia Star News report, that it might have happened because some “core personnel” were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 tests at the time.
“As we review the documents provided to you and our daily log. We noticed that a few forms are missing, it seems when 25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 outbreak at the EPC, some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced,” Bodison told the Star News.
It’s just the most recent question to be raised about the 2020 presidential election nationwide, and specifically Georgia, one of a handful of swing states where odd election circumstances appeared that were called for Joe Biden, giving him the election victory.
Paul Sperry reported at Real Clear Investigations only days ago the Fulton County poll manager Suzi Voyles found “an alarmingly odd pattern of uniformity in the markings for Joseph R. Biden” on mail-in ballots.
“One after another, the absentee votes contained perfectly filled-in ovals for Biden — except that each of the darkened bubbles featured an identical white void inside them in the shape of a tiny crescent, indicating they’d been marked with toner ink instead of a pen or pencil,” Sperry reported. “Adding to suspicions, she noticed that all of the ballots were printed on different stock paper than the others she handled as part of a statewide hand recount of the razor-thin Nov. 3 presidential election. And none was folded or creased, as she typically observed in mail-in ballots that had been removed from envelopes. In short, the Biden votes looked like they’d been duplicated by a copying machine.”
The Star News based its new analysis on an Open Records Request revealed that one in four of the required documents, confirming the validity of those ballots, was absent.
“This is the first time that any election official at either the state or county level from a key battleground state has made an admission of significant error in election procedures for the November 3, 2020 election,” the report said.
The chain of custody is at issue because, the report said, Biden’s win in the state was by fewer than 12,000 votes, and Raffensperger “has taken no action in 156 of Georgia’s 159 counties to secure copies of any absentee ballot drop box transfer forms and review them for accuracy and consistency with reported absentee ballot vote counts,” the report said.
Further, “More than seven months after the November 3 election, 28 Georgia counties have failed to respond at all to The Star News Open Records Requests to produce absentee ballot drop box transfer forms. To date, The Star News has obtained absentee ballot drop box forms from 59 counties that provide chain of custody documentation for 266,492 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during the November 3, 2020 election, which means that no chain of custody documentation has been produced for about 333,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes out of an estimated 600,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during that election.”
Those ballots are the focal point of a lawsuit filed by a handful of residents who want Fulton County’s ballots made available for a forensic audit.
The Star News said, “The admission of missing chain of custody documents came as a response to The Star News follow-up to Fulton County’s incomplete responses to Open Records Requests for the transfer forms that document the chain of custody of absentee ballots placed by voters into 37 drop boxes installed through Fulton County over the 41-day November 2020 presidential election period that began on September 24 and ended on November 3, election day.”
The dispute in Georgia already has been raised by the Georgia GOP, which issued a censure to Raffensperger for “dereliction of his Constitutional duty.”
It said, “Undermining the security of our elections by allowing mass mailings of absentee applications by his office and third parties which created opportunities for fraud and overwhelmed election offices; rendering accurate signature matching nearly impossible; allowing ballot drop boxes without proper chain of custody; and ignoring sworn affidavits and disregarding evidence of voter fraud.”
The Gateway Pundit documented in a report that the same issue is appearing in other states, too.
“For months and again today we’ve reported on over 300,000 missing chain of custody documents in Georgia. Notably, most if not all of these ballots are likely for Biden and Biden was given Georgia by around 12,000 votes which included these bogus ballots,” the report said.
“In Arizona, the Maricopa Count Board of Elections has not turned over any chain of custody documentation on any ballots in the county. Any ballots lacking this documentation are invalid. Thousands of ballots reported for Biden fall in this box. In Wisconsin, there were over 140,000 ballots dropped early the morning after the election. Do these all have proper chain of custody documentation? In Pennsylvania, over a million ballots were recorded after Election Day as absentee ballots. Do these all have the proper chain of custody? In Michigan, a white van dropped off thousands of ballots in the early morning after the election. Did these ballots include chain of custody documentation?”
There were six battleground states that drew charges of election fraud after the 2020 presidential race results were announced. Several states suspended counting on Election Night with Trump leading. Hours later, after massive ballot dumps that were nearly 100% for Biden, the Democrat took the lead when counting resumed.
Further, in many of those states, officials arbitrarily changed state laws in order to accommodate ballots during the COVID-19 disaster, even though the Constitution requires only state lawmakers to made such changes.
In Michigan, another one of the states, a lawyer has charged that someone remotely accessed the voting machines days after the election, and those machines contained software that would have allowed changes to be made.
A lawsuit there is on appeal.
Such fights have been stirring up “fact-checkers” across the political spectrum in recent weeks. They insist that the claims of vote manipulation or fraud are “in dispute.” That’s because, they say, government officials have claimed there are “safeguards” in place to protect “against fraud, including hand counts and audits.”
Currently there’s a forensic audit being done on the votes in Maricopa County, Arizona, and results are expected within a few weeks. Officials from several other states have reviewed the process there already, but have not yet begun their own audits.
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