Report: Georgia Officials Secretly Inspected Fulton Ballots, Despite Judge’s Order

 

State investigators in Georgia reportedly inspected hundreds of potentially suspicious absentee ballots in Fulton County supposedly cast during last year’s presidential election even though those officials didn’t have the legal right to do so.

This, according to an article that Real Clear Investigations published Tuesday.

“After several Fulton County, Ga., poll monitors testified last year that boxes of mail-in ballots for Joe Biden looked liked they’d been run through a photocopy machine, state investigators quietly broke the seal on one suspicious box and inspected the hundreds of votes it contained for signs of fraud,” Real Clear Investigations reported.

Real Clear Investigations reported that state officials “never disclosed its probe to the public or to election watchdogs suing to inspect the ballots.”

“State officials also neglected to inform the judge hearing the lawsuit that they were conducting such an inspection, even though the judge had issued a protective order over the ballots in January,” according to Real Clear Investigations.

“In a nine-page amicus brief recently filed in the case, attorneys for the office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urged Superior Court Judge Brian Amero to deny petitioners’ requests to inspect the ballots, calling them a ‘fishing expedition.’”

Election watchdogs convinced Amero to unseal all of the 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton County and allow a closer inspection of suspicious ballots for Joe Biden for evidence of counterfeiting. They argue that potentially tens of thousands were possibly manufactured in a race that Biden won by just 12,000 votes. This, thanks to a late surge of mail-in ballots counted after election monitors were shooed from State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The lawsuit alleging voting shenanigans in Fulton County during last year’s presidential election continued Monday as Amero heard opposing attorneys spar over voters’ rights and whom to hold accountable for violating those rights.

VOTER GA spokesman Garland Favorito told The Georgia Star News before Monday’s hearing that Amero was to hear several motions. In one motion, members of the Fulton County Board of Elections asked to remove themselves from the case. In another, county officials asked for the same thing for themselves. Amero will have to determine which one of the two entities the law will recognize as the appropriate defendant.

Attorney Bob Cheeley, meanwhile, spoke on behalf of voters who supported former U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump lost Georgia’s electoral votes and the general election to the current U.S. President Joe Biden. Cheeley said those voters have legal standing to take the matter to court. He also warned that Fulton County officials “want to sweep aside the rights of the petitioners who want to know what happened in this last election with respect to their votes.”

Amero did not deliver an immediate ruling.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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