Many have written off the alarm expressed by former President Donald Trump and his supporters over voter fraud following the 2020 presidential election. However, there are ongoing investigations into the matter that are quietly continuing.
A judge has ruled that Fulton County, Georgia absentee ballots can be unsealed and scrutinized for fraud in a ruling Friday, the Washington Examiner reported. Although it would have no bearing on the results of the 2020 presidential election, the ruling could serve to quell suspicions surrounding voter integrity.
Several plaintiffs filed the suit to have the ballots examined, including Garland Favorito. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor to proceed, although the ballots must remain with county election officials.
Despite his initial reluctance to side with Trump when he cried foul following the election, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was pleased with the ruling. “From day one I have encouraged Georgians with concerns about the election in their counties to pursue those claims through legal avenues,” the Republican told the news outlet.
“Fulton County has a long-standing history of election mismanagement that has understandably weakened voters’ faith in its system,” Raffensperger continued. “Allowing this audit provides another layer of transparency and citizen engagement.”
Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who previously sparred with Raffensperger over the issue, also supported the judge’s decision. “Voter confidence in our election system is the bedrock of our republic,” she told the Washington Examiner. “Unfortunately, inconsistencies in Fulton County’s November 2020 absentee ballots cast serious doubt on voters’ faith in our elections. An independent investigation even characterized Fulton County’s absentee ballot handling as ‘generally bad management,’” Loeffler said.
She went on to point out there were a “number of other well-documented issues” surrounding the state’s election process. “The biggest example of an inconsistency is the issue with State Farm Arena in Fulton County, where poll watchers were told by election officials that counting had stopped for the night, only for surveillance video to reveal it resumed in the overnight hours,” Loeffler said through a spokesperson.
Loeffler is correct about the unusual decision to stop counting the votes coupled with the widespread use of absentee ballots for the first time in many states including Georgia. The judge’s ruling will help go a long way to sorting out whether those facts were significant or not.