During an interview in January, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger read off a notable list of actions his state took to secure the November election count was accurate. “We had safe, secure, honest elections,” he declared to “60 Minutes.”
And he was wrong as wrong could be.
His peachy appraisal concealed an ugly truth that sits inside his own agency’s files revealing that a contractor that was handpicked to monitor election counting in Georgia’s Fulton County wrote a 29-page memo back in November that summarized the “massive” election integrity failure and mismanagement that the contractor witnessed in the county’s election centers.
The contractor’s report was written like a minute-by-minute diary of high-risk problems like the double-counting of votes, violations of voter privacy, insecure storage of ballots, the removal of election materials at a vote collection warehouse, and the highly questionable movement of “too many ballots” on Election Day.
“This seems like a massive chain of custody problem,” Carter Jones, the contractor, suggested in the memo delivered by his firm Seven Hill Strategies to the secretary of state’s office soon after the election.
That conspicuous notation was entered about 4 pm on Election Day when Jones witnessed absentee ballots arriving at Fulton County’s central absentee scanning center at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena “in rolling bins 2k at a time.”
“It is my understanding is that the ballots are supposed to be moved in numbered, sealed boxes to protect them,” he wrote, citing that those ballots were not.
The contractor also suspected that the flow of absentee ballots seemed too numerous. “Too many ballots coming in for secure black ballot boxes,” he noted.
Jones also warned about specific temporary workers who were brought in to scan and count ballots through a firm called Happy Faces after an election observer witnessed a conversation in an elevator where one of the workers spoke openly about his intentions to “f*ck sh*t up.” This falls into the unwritten rule among Democrats that “Trump must go.”
“I must keep an eye on these two,” Jones wrote in his document. “Perhaps this was a bad joke, but it was very poorly timed in the presence of a poll watcher.”
Jones wrote that those two workers were assigned to a “team confirming and boxing ballots that have already been scanned to prepare them for later audit” because “this is the place where they could do least to achieve their declared objective.”
The unveiling of Jones’ report on Thursday won’t confirm that enough questionable votes were witnessed to overturn Georgia’s election results. It also can’t be used to “prove” there was a scheme to commit massive voter fraud with ballots. But the report’s notations of witnessed mismanagement, incompetence among workers, and bad election practices in the state’s largest voting center undermine the idea put out there by state officials that the Georgia election went smoothly.
“It is no secret that Fulton has had issues in their elections department for decades, which is why I insisted on a state monitor being present to be eyes and ears on the ground,” he said.
I wonder what Raffensperger will say when a data expert who has been analyzing the Georgia 2020 voter data announces that there were more fraudulent votes found than Biden’s margin of victory? I’ve already written about that extensively, and when that announcement is made I’ve secured an exclusive interview with the data expert doing the work.
Election experts are saying that Jones’ report presents a shocking roadmap that could be used to do an independent investigation of the Fulton County vote count like the one attorney Bob Cheeley is running after a state judge approved it.
“This reveal chaos caused by incompetence and in some instances willful violation of law in order to assist Mr. Biden,” said Phill Kline, the head of the Amistad Project, which has prepared election integrity legal challenges across the country. “This is consistent with the evidence we are finding in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan despite efforts at intimidation by Attorney General Garland.”
Yeah, thank God Garland never made it to the Supreme Court because he’s turning out to be a real authoritarian nut.
At the beginning of his job monitoring the election process, Jones had written of the struggles that election officials had trying to distribute poll pads to precincts on Election eve. In Georgia, poll pads are used to check voters in.
Jones wrote in his notes that one of the precincts, “had only one of two bags of poll pads arrive despite the fact that the system at the warehouse showed that both had been checked out of the warehouse and were on the way.”
He wrote, “Many bags of poll pads and other election materials have not been packed yet and paperwork is not matching up” at the county’s central elections warehouse in Atlanta.
“Some bags have everything and others do not, but the full ones are not organized,” his notes read. “It is impossible to tell which bags are missing what without doing a manual count and they don’t have the manpower for that at the moment.”
I believe that’s because to the Democrat operatives it never mattered. It appears that some of them were allegedly using what chaos they created to hide election fraud.
Jones writes of a significant security concern that at one point, “someone took the wrong suitcase,” referring to suitcases filled with poll pads.
“Seems to be a mystery who this person was,” he wrote. “Should have chain of custody paperwork!! That means that a stranger just walked out with sensitive election materials?”
His report focuses on one of the questions of what happened in every key battleground state on Election night that reveals a coordination among county workers in those states. He wrote about how Fulton County officials at the State Farm Arena told most election workers to head home about 10:30 pm claiming they were going to continue processing ballots in the morning, yet a small crew of Democrats stayed behind and continued counting ballots. Millions of Americans were bewildered when all the battleground states announced they were ending the counting for the evening, which has never ever been done before, and yet they watched as vote tallies continued to appear on new broadcasts throughout the early morning hours showing Biden gaining on Trump.
“News reaches warehouse that Sec. Raffensperger ‘ripped’ Fulton just came through the wire (apparently someone asked about Fulton stopping scanning at 10:30 while every other county is still working and Sec. said ‘Fulton can’t get anything right’),” the notes read.
Just prior to 11:30 pm, Jones wrote “confusion about whether or not they’re still scanning at State Farm bc there were reports that the staff there told the rest of the staff and press to leave, but I am still getting number reports.” Just before midnight, Jones arrived at State Farm Arena and discovered that “staff are still scanning on all five scanners.”
Only 20 minutes later, Jones witnessed, “Order is breaking down. Ralph newly re-scanned some ballots that had already been processed by Shaye.”
Jones noted that double scanning of ballots happened more than that one time. While observing the vote count on the second day after the election he wrote about a machine “shut down because it was causing more problems than it was solving.”
“Double-feeding and cutting through both the envelope and the ballot, which leads to even more duplicates,” he said.
On Election night, Jones wrote about problems with managing flash drives in the state’s election equipment.
“They’re pulling compact flashes (CF),” he said. “Poll manager put a Mobile 2 CF in Mobile 1 CF slot, which is causing confusion now. People are talking about a ‘master bus’ problem for the backups, which seems to be causing the confusion.” Could this have been done to force counting to be handled another way?
For example, an investigator expressed concerns that ballot workers were able to see private data from the documents that they were processing, which is a breach of voter privacy.
“Are we compromising secret ballot with our ad hoc process?” he queried. “Sorters can see address on the Oath envelope as well as the ballot itself … Voters could theoretically face reprisal if a processor had the desire to do pursue them for their choice.”
Data from Fulton County shows more than 150 batches of absentee ballots went missing from the county’s official tally. So they were counted but now they can’t be found. Did they even exist? Audit sheets also reveal that many of the absentee ballot batches that were delivered by state auditors weren’t sealed prior to delivery, which is required per the security protocol.