There’s a reason that the state of Georgia has been in the news so much lately: its results in the presidential election were extremely close. In fact, Joe Biden only beat President Donald Trump by a matter of several thousand votes. The possibility that vote fraud occurred to hand Biden the victory has been claimed by Republican lawyers, but has been routinely denied by the Democratic party and most of the mainstream media.
What Does the New Video Show?
However, new video out of Georgia appears to justify some of the GOP’s claims. Specifically, the just-released surveillance footage shows ballot counting election workers being dismissed for the day on Election Day and then additional cases of ballots being taken from beneath a table and counted.
The amount of votes in the suitcases appears on estimate to be enough to challenge Biden’s win in Georgia, presuming the votes are for Trump.
Roll the tape. This is from #Georgia's State Farm Arena election location. Why were election workers told to leave & then once the coast was clear, four suitcases are taken from underneath a table & run through tabulation machines. Why?pic.twitter.com/kFaee9Ki7w
— Bryan E. Leib 🇺🇸 (@Bryan_E_Leib) December 3, 2020
The video was given as proof of fraud by Trump’s lawyer Jacki Pick on Dec. 3. The location of the video is State Farm Arena’s vote counting center in Georgia’s Fulton County, and the date is Election Day. In addition, Pick alleges that Republican poll watchers were not permitted to watch the counting process in question.
According to Pick, a woman with blond hair entered the area and told workers to go home for the day around 10 p.m.
“Everyone clears out, including the Republican observers and the press, but four people stay behind and continue counting and tabulating well into the night,” Pick explains, adding that the hidden suitcases of ballots were pulled out at around 11 p.m. and counting continues until approximately 1 a.m.
Georgia Officials Deny Any Irregularity
For their part, Georgia voting officials say the video means nothing. The head of Georgia’s voting systems Gabriel Sterling said the video only shows “the work you would expect” and that taking the “sealed suitcase looking things” out from under the tables is done in order to “place the ballots on the scanner in manageable batches.”
Fellow top Georgia official Frances Watson says the Trump team’s characterization of the video is false and claims – without evidence – that the ballots had been previously removed and only put back in the cases at a later time to be counted later.
Watson also denied that poll watchers were not permitted, which Georgia Republican head David Shafer said is a lie.
“Our position is unchanged,” Shafer said, adding “ballots were counted unlawfully and in secret.” He also noted that he understands people’s anger at the way elections have been conducted.
I understand the anger and frustration at how sloppily our elections have been conducted. I feel it too. I have channeled those feelings into 20 hour days working to expose irregularity and wrongdoing. We cannot solve problems that we do not first acknowledge.
— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) December 3, 2020
What Were the Mystery Ballots?
At this point the situation is still under investigation. It is not clear what the mystery ballots were or when they were positioned under the table. Fulton County – where the video is from – uses Dominion voting machines, whose integrity has been called into question previously. Pick said enough votes are in those cases to challenge the results of the Georgia election, which was called for Biden.
“Ballot stuffing by Dems when Republicans were forced to leave the large counting room. Plenty more coming, but this alone leads to an easy win of the State!” Trump tweeted.
It is indisputable that at least some officials have lied. Fulton County Public Affairs Manager for Elections Regina Waller claimed on Nov. 3 that vote counters had been sent home at 10:30 p.m. on Election Day. The video clearly shows that at least four remained behind to process more votes.
As the investigation continues it’s the least voters can ask for that their public officials adhere to basic honesty and integrity.
What do you think happened in Georgia? What were the mystery votes?
— Grant Stinchfield (@stinchfield1776) December 3, 2020