The Georgia Star News has reported out the current results of an ongoing investigation into the drop boxes used in the Georgia for the 2020 election. The Secretary of State, Brad Raffensberger, has been typically suspicious and uncooperative, while passing the buck to the counties.
So, The Georgia Star News contacted all the counties in the state, seeking their absentee ballot reports from the drop boxes. It has been some four months since the election, and most of the counties are still not cooperating. As was noted on Steve Bannon’s Warroom, these officials are remarkably incurious about these ballots.
Hey! Where Did These Ballots Come From?
That simple question is the heart of the ongoing fight over the 2020 election. To be able to say officially where a ballot came from you need “chain of custody”. The chain is technically more like a circle. The beginning of the circle is voter rolls. If your name is on the roll, you can vote. If not, you can’t. It really is supposed to be that simple.
There can be exceptions, and they are provided for in election law. However, “chain of custody” must still apply. You are on the voter roll, you filled out a form, the form was deposited in a box and tallied electronically, the place where these forms were tallied produces a report. The report distinguishes between those who voted there and those who did not. Of those who did not, there is a record of those who requested absentee ballots. So far, so good. But now we get to ballot drop boxes.
The Drop Box Mystery Ballots of Georgia
The Georgia Star News article gives an extensive and detailed breakdown of their results to date. The headline is the 404,000 ballots purportedly put in drop boxes in Fulton County for which there is no chain of custody. In other words, the county election officials have failed to produce an absentee ballot report establishing that certain absentee ballots originated from these drop boxes. If these absentee ballots cannot be connected with the drop boxes, then where did they come from? Crickets, lots of crickets.
The article states: “As of March 3, only 56 of Georgia’s 159 counties have provided ballot transfer data to the Georgia Star News. The number of absentee by mail ballots delivered to registrars in those 56 counties total only 195,309 or 32.5 percent, of the estimated 600,000 absentee by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to country registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidetnial election.”
The George Star News continues to ask, continues to press. If the county election officials are slow walking the information request, it is not clear what benefit there is, unless slow walking is all they know in tax-payer supported offices. Moreover, election data is public data. So, they are flirting with breaking the law by not responding. So far, 35 counties have not responded, while the others have given various kinds of diversionary answers. Some more reports may dribble in, but the passage of time raises the suspicions about doctoring and fabricating records for false votes. The idea is reasonable when one considers the highly suspicious conduct of Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and Governor Brian Kemp.
Governing by Wink and Nod
The conduct of election officials in Georgia looks like the same disgusting disregard and ineptitude that has defined them for decades. There are certainly some points of concern. The revelation that Brad Raffensberger has a brother who is a chief technical officer for a Chinese telecommunications company certainly invites pointed questions about corruption and favoritism. In addition, there is at least one unsubstantiated report that he had visited the Chinese consulate in Houston.
If one just sticks with the behavior and comments of Raffensberger and Kemp, there is clearly something wrong. Any time there are questionable practices in a government, there should be an investigation. Instead, everything possible is done to avoid it and pretend nothing is wrong.
We will be following up on this issue. Will the Georgia officials cooperate? Will there be more fraud? Stay tuned.