Investigation finds major 2020 election irregularities in Fulton County

 May 9, 2024

Ever since election night in November of 2020, former President Donald Trump has alleged that there were ballot irregularities in Georgia's Fulton County.

While Democrats have long dismissed that claim as disinformation, a new discovery this week suggests Trump could be right. 

More than 3,000 ballots were double scanned

According to The Federalist, the State Election Board (SEB) criticized Fulton County at a hearing on Tuesday for double scanning more than 3,000 ballots in 2020.

What's more, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office acknowledged that it is unable to confirm just how many of the double scanned ballots were also counted twice.

Charlene McGowan serves as general counsel for the secretary of state's office, and she explained that an investigation unearthed troubling findings.

380,761 ballot images from 2020 machine count are "not available"

Specifically, he explained that "there are some duplicative ballot images in the ballot images that Fulton County provided, but what cannot be confirmed conclusively is if those ballots were included in the count."

McGowan went on to emphasize that "Fulton County used improper procedures during the recount of the presidential contest in 2020."

What's more, Republican SEB member Janice Johnston indicated that some 380,761 ballot images from the machine count are "not available."

When Johnston enquired about the missing images with Fulton County Board of Elections legal counsel Ann Brumbaugh, she was told this was "first time" Brumbaugh had heard of the issue.

Independent monitor will oversee November election in Fulton County

The SEB ultimately voted for the appointment of an independent monitor which will oversee Fulton County in this year's upcoming election.

However, Johnston voted against the measure, arguing that a more comprehensive investigation into the county's election procedures is needed.

"With over 140 violations of election laws and rules, it would be a travesty not to refer this to the Attorney General and let this ride," the Georgia Recorder quoted Johnston as saying.

Marilyn Marks is executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, and the Recorder noted that she released a statement which also expressed dissatisfaction, saying, "The Board’s investigations must be conducted independent of interested parties, to provide objectivity and transparency."

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