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Fulton County, GA, Makes Last Minute Legal Moves to Stop Audit from Proceeding

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A Georgia judge cancelled a planned Friday meeting to discuss the protocols that would be followed to review 147,000 of Fulton County’s absentee ballots.

The move came after the county filed multiple motions to dismiss the case.

“Fulton County, the Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections and the Fulton County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Courts all filed motions to dismiss Wednesday night and Thursday morning arguing the plaintiffs failed to properly serve them notice of the suit,” Georgia Public Broadcasting reported.

“The filings also allege plaintiffs sued the wrong people, the defendants are protected under sovereign immunity and that plaintiffs failed to state a claim that entitles them to court action.”

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero, who is overseeing the case, scheduled a new hearing on these motions for June 21.

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Last Friday, Amero ruled in favor of Georgia citizens who sued Fulton County to gain access to review absentee ballots over the objections of the state’s attorney general’s office.

Georgia Assistant Attorney General Charlene McGowan argued that there should not be an audit, but if there is one, it should be done by an independent group.

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“The petitioners would be of the view that they are the ones to defend their own constitutional rights in this suit that they have filed,” Amero responded to that position.

“[W]hether they have the right to conduct these independent viewings, not a physical inspection, but an inspection nonetheless, a visual inspection, combined with an opportunity to have ballot images at resolution that allows them to pursue their claims, that seems to be something they have the authority and the right to do,” the judge further stated.



The suit to gain access to the ballots was brought originally by Garland Favorito, a voting integrity advocate with VoterGA and resident of Fulton County.

Others have joined in, including the Tea Party Patriots Foundation, which filed an amicus brief in the case.

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Favorito “says county workers likely fabricated ballots and counted some ballots multiple times on election night,” and the lawsuit cited a video of the counting and sworn statements from observers, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

State Farm Arena in Fulton County is the location where poll watchers were told by election officials that counting had stopped for the night, only for surveillance video to reveal it resumed later in the night.

Dr. Lisa Detter-Hoskin — a senior research scientist with the Georgia Institute of Technology, who testified for the plaintiffs last Friday — said that in order to properly review the ballots, a minimum resolution of 600 DPI (dots per inch) scan would be needed.

This resolution would allow the audit team to check for abnormalities such as candidate selection ovals being filled in by machines, rather than by hand or mail-in absentee ballots having no folds, as some Fulton County election observers previously claimed in sworn affidavits.

At the conclusion of last Friday’s hearing, Amero ruled that the plaintiff’s team would be able to both “inspect and scan absentee ballots.”

Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts came out forcefully against the ballot review following Amero’s decision.

“It is outrageous that Fulton County continues to be a target of those who cannot accept the results from last year’s election,” he said.

“The votes have been counted multiple times, including a hand recount, and no evidence of fraud has been found.”

Favorito believes if there was no fraud, the audit will assuage people’s concerns that there was.

“If all these votes are correct and there are no counterfeit ballots, then we can go home and rest assured that the election was conducted correctly,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

“If there are a lot of counterfeit ballots, then we need to figure out how to prevent that in the future.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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