Republican Party of Georgia Chairman David Shafer tweeted the news as soon as he was informed by one of the county’s Republican commissioners, Liz Hausmann.
“Fulton County Commissioner @LizHausmann just alerted me that Fulton County is re-scanning a batch of 12,000 ballots due to unexplained technical problems. We have dispatched Republican monitors back to the tabulation center. This is maddening.”
Fulton County Commissioner @LizHausmann just alerted me that Fulton County is re-scanning a batch of 12,000 ballots due to unexplained technical problems. We have dispatched Republican monitors back to the tabulation center. This is maddening.
— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) December 3, 2020
It is unclear whether the information was given as a tip or a directive for Georgia’s Republican Party to send monitors. The Georgia Star News reached out to Shafer for clarification – the chairman didn’t respond by press time.
Fulton County has experienced several issues since Election Day. Several days after vote counting began, election officials discovered that the number of scanned ballots didn’t reflect the totals received. The county was forced to re-scan batches of ballots under supervision of Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs and a crew of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s monitors and investigators.
Over the weekend, the county’s recount was delayed following a system crash. Georgia Secretary of State Voting Systems Manager Gabriel Sterling stated that the workers caused the crash by using the incorrect server to process vote data, thereby ignoring vendor and state instructions.
Additionally, the county’s official Dominion Voting Systems technician, Aric Thompson, was also the longtime photographer for Democratic candidate Kamala Harris. Thompson served as Harris’s presidential campaign photographer last year, and worked with Democratic activist Stacey Abrams.
Raffensperger has stated, repeatedly, that Georgia’s 2020 elections were among the most secure and accurate in election history.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by just over 12,600 votes in the state.
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