During this video conference update hosted by the Constitution Party of Georgia (CP-GA), Voters Organized for Trusted Election Results in Georgia (VoterGA) Executive Director Garland Favorito will provide an update on their legal, legislative, and research efforts. In 2020 VoterGA filed a lawsuit against certain Fulton County officials for constitutional violations and take questions. VoterGA organized group of voters from around the state to file an emergency lawsuit against the Fulton County Elections Director and Election Board members.
The Plaintiffs legal petition was accompanied by a Notice to Inspect all mail-in ballots. The notice seeks to visually inspect all mail-in ballots, rescan them for a forensic exam and to obtain electronic copies of the Dominion ballot images and standard election reports. On May 11, 2023 the Georgia Court of Appeals issued an order remanding the case back to the Superior Court for all Fulton County petitioners. The order comes over four months after the Georgia Supreme Court upheld standing in its December 20, 2022 ruling in the case. That decision was based on the Georgia Supreme Court’s previous ruling that unanimously found Georgia citizens, taxpayers and residents, including voters, always had standing to sue government officials or agencies who violate Georgia law.
In 2021 VoterGA and other organizations and activists working for election integrity lobbied the legislature successfully to make ballot images a matter of public record in SB 202. When the new law became effective in March, VoterGA volunteer teams began collecting and analyzing the original ballot images from the November 2020 election. In July, VoterGA announced the results of our Fulton ballot image analysis: a 60% audit batch error rate, 7 falsified tally sheets with 850 to 0 Biden votes, 4,000 duplicate reported ballots and 200+ duplicate scans. Governor Brian Kemp eventually picked up the evidence and used it in his 36-point report to the State Election Board asking them to investigate the matter. In August VoterGA and Georgia Rep. Philip Singleton sued the State of Georgia to stop using the illegal ballot marking device (BMD) voting systems from Dominion. The lawsuit contends that recommendations provided by VoterGA to the Secure, Accurate, Fair Election Commission (SAFE) warned that any new system must tabulate human readable vote marks that can be verified by the voter. It also asserts that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was warned about voting systems using unverifiable QR codes to accumulate votes when he was a runoff candidate in 2018. Raffensperger did not heed the warnings and purchased the new Dominion system for over $100 million in 2019.
On March 7, 2022 VoterGA announced a 15-point analysis that documents clear, irrefutable evidence of how the November 2020 Fulton County election results were electronically manipulated. The analysis was based on a year-long study of ballot images conducted by an expert-laden volunteer research team. VoterGA emphasized that while one or two of these findings may be procedural issues specific to Fulton County, the electronic tampering found so far is not limited to Fulton. Favorito said: “In fairness to Fulton County, they did preserve enough of their ballot images to make some of our research possible. Other counties, like Cobb, destroyed most or all of their original November 2020 images despite federal and state law. This tampering and destruction is proof positive why Georgians cannot trust the 2020 election results. We desperately need an independent multi-county audit immediately to secure our elections...”
On June 23, 2022 Garland Favorito announced VoterGA's challenge of the GOP primary results in the Secretary of State’s race in which Brad Raffensperger certified his own victory claiming 52% of the votes in a four-way race. The contest seeks to unseal the ballots to determine the accuracy of the results and alleges that all counties violated Open Records Request (ORR) law by failing to honor Favorito’s ORR for an electronic copy of the actual ballots. Actual ballots are needed to verify election results because VoterGA found the Dominion ballot images required to produce 2020 Fulton County election results were electronically altered prior to certification. VoterGA also announced at that time that 81 counties failed to provide correct, signed certifications for the primary, including 73 that never responded to another ORR Favorito submitted to get the counties' certifications. VoterGA is continuing its efforts to get responses from every county as part of this litigation.
During this meeting Garland Favorito will provide details on the status of these and other VoterGA efforts, as well as answer your election integrity questions. Other groups and individuals advancing transparency and accountability in Georgia's elections will be featured as they announce their efforts, if you know of someone you would like to see on the Election Integrity Update then please contact us with the details. The Constitution Party of Georgia supports the efforts of groups like VoterGA in advancing elections integrity efforts in our state. To learn more about these efforts and how you can help with election integrity efforts RSVP today! Once you register you will be emailed the conference call information.
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