ELLIJAY. Ga – Fulton County filed a motion to dismiss the election integrity lawsuit. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero issued a motion to stay in the case until he could rule on it.
Friday, May 28, was originally the day plaintiffs’ and Fulton County’s council convened to decide a process for reviewing the unsealed November 2020 election absentee ballots. However, Fulton County’s motion to dismiss resulted in a delay of the case until June 21.
Plaintiff Garland Favorito, of VoterGa.org, explained that Fulton County’s attempting to get out of the lawsuit and place the case solely on the shoulders of Fulton’s Board of Elections and Registration. VoterGa.org originally sued the board of registration and elections, but the court added Fulton County to the suit. Amero’s interpretation of Georgia’s new sovereign immunity law in such a way that the county would need to be included.
Fulton County’s hired the law firm Garland, Samuel, and Loeb to represent it. The firm specializes in three areas criminal, personal injury, and business litigation.
Favorito commented that the new motion “doesn’t appear to have a ton of validity” and is hopeful the judge will throw it out at the next hearing. His group is currently working on their response.
As for the Department of Justice becoming involved, Favorito doesn’t believe the federal government will intervene with the state’s case.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) has gone on record supporting legal investigations into election integrity while condemning corruption in Fulton County. His office has also filed an amicus brief in this case, trying to protect voter’s rights, but Judge Amero decided to unseal the ballots anyway.
Favorito added the plan to review the ballots will probably continue after July 4 unless Judge Amero dismisses the case.
ATLANTA, Ga – According to Trump attorneys, newly released video footage of State Farm Arena from election night demonstrates voter fraud.
During the Georgia Judicial Subcommittee hearing, Jackie Pick, volunteer attorney for the Trump legal team, presented surveillance tape of Fulton County election officials continuing to count ballots after poll watchers left for the night.
Pick shared the accounts of the two Republican poll watchers who were only allowed to observe from the media area. At around 10:30 p.m., a female Fulton employee announced to the room that they were halting the count until morning.
Once the majority left, the blonde woman and three other women began counting ballots again. A man is seen in the video as well. The blonde woman pulled containers full of ballots from beneath a table. The earlier footage shows poll workers taking similar ballot containers from a stacked pile in the back of the room.
The Fulton election official in question moved the table into place at 8:22 a.m. It’s unclear when someone placed those ballots under the table or if the table was close to the stacks of containers. The security camera setup provided a disjointed view of the room. State Farm Arena owns the security cameras.
Senator Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) asked in closing statements why it took a month to see this video and why they didn’t see it first from the Secretary of State’s office. He said the video is one thing he “can’t explain.”
They continued to count ballots until past 12:00 a.m. After 1:00 a.m., the Republican poll watchers returned and confirmed they missed approximately three hours of the vote tally process.
Pick couldn’t answer all the senators’ questions because the legal team hadn’t reviewed the tape in real-time. They just received it last night around 1 a.m. She said she would give the information to the senators at a later date.
Senator Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) strongly questioned Pick asking why the attorney brought up an alleged fraud that “had been debunked for weeks by the Secretary of State Office.”
Pick simply responded, “They haven’t seen the tape.”
No representatives from the Secretary of State’s office were in attendance to refute her claim.
One question asked by Senator Tillery was the location of the Secretary of State monitor within the room. Pick was unsure because they hadn’t spoken to the Secretary of State’s office or Fulton County elections officials yet.
At the end of the day, Parent stated that they identified the monitor as a young white man in a blue jacket present in the video.
Fulton County officials and Commission Chairman Ronald Pitts addressed the Oversight Committee in the morning. They addressed the claims about vote tampering in State Farm Arena.
An election manager at State Farm Arena did direct some of the staff to leave at 10:30 p.m. Election Director Richard Barron said they could not go and must continue working. Some employees did leave at 10:30 p.m., and the observers left. The election official recounting the story didn’t witness the event.
She did say that a Secretary of State monitor remained in the room, and after it became clear that the vote count would continue, more monitors returned.
“There was no intentional misleading of anyone. There was nothing untoward that occurred, but some workers stayed some left. Some of the observers left, but a Secretary of State monitor stayed the entire time,” Fulton Director of External Affairs Jessica Corbitt-Dominguez said.
Chairman Pitts cleared up the water leak issue. The leak began at 6:07 a.m. and was fixed by 8:07 a.m. No ballots were damaged, and it occurred on a different floor.