- Feb 20, 2021
FULTON COUNTY GEORGIA, JUDGE AMERO HAS ORDERED 130,000 BALLOTS TO BE AUTHENTICATED BY INDEPENDENT PARTY. ALL BALLOTS HAVE BEEN SECURED FROM BEGINNING OF CASE IN 2020.
Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star.
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Henry County Judge Brian Amero on Monday conditionally granted members of a Georgia-based coalition the right to unseal ballots from last November’s presidential election in Fulton County.
Members of that group, VOTER GA, may now inspect those ballots for evidence of voter fraud.
Amero’s decision “is almost unprecedented in Georgia history,” said VOTER GA spokesman Garland Favorito.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump lost Georgia’s electoral votes to current U.S. President Joe Biden.
The Georgia Star News asked Favorito if he and his hundreds of volunteers might find enough evidence of voter fraud in Fulton County to tip the Georgia election in favor of former U.S. President Donald Trump?
“That’s possible,” Favorito said.
Favorito said Fulton County officials have long resisted VOTER GA’s attempts to inspect their ballots.
“We have sworn affidavits from several poll managers who say they handled counterfeit ballots during the hand count audit because those were mail-in ballots that were not marked with a writing instrument like a mail-in ballot should be,” Favorito said.
“And they appeared to be on suspicious paper stock.”
Fulton County spokeswoman Regina Waller on Monday declined comment.
“Due to a pending legal matter, we are unable to comment at this time,” Waller said via email.
“The Fulton County Elections Department wants the public to know that its priority is to provide a safe and fair elections process and to ensure that all votes are counted.”
Under the conditional grant, VOTER GA members must remain silent about their findings until they present them in court, Favorito said.
Favorito said VOTER GA has hundreds of volunteers. Dozens of people, he went on to say, will help inspect the Fulton County ballots.
As The Star News reported last month, the Fulton County Registration and Elections Board fired its elections director, Richard Barron. Barron had served the role since 2013.
Members of the public and the board in favor of firing Barron cited a variety of issues concerning the events at State Farm Arena, chain of custody, rejected ballots, record-keeping, security of ballot transportation, and the dismissal of whistleblowers such as Bridget Thorne. In December, The Star News interviewed Thorne about her affidavit and subsequent dismissal by the elections officials.
Thorne told The Star News that she’d been missing 400 emergency paper ballots during the election. Additionally, she alleged that the entire elections process at the State Farm Arena was disorganized. She testified she’d witnessed test ballots indistinguishable from live ballots, unsupervised and disheveled ballot stacks, and suspect conduct by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) members who’d allegedly used personal laptops to access the voter roll database while serving as absentee ballot “clerks.”
At that time, Thorne noted that no election officials had informed her the rationale for her dismissal.