Witnesses of the recount of the presidential election in Georgia have signed sworn statements testifying to having observed ballots cast for President Donald Trump being counted as though they were cast for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump campaign attorney Lin Wood filed the affidavits with a federal court in Georgia on Nov. 17 as part of an emergency motion seeking to block the certification of the election results in the Peach State.
The lack of creases is strange considering that mail ballots have to be folded to fit in an envelope. Some of the witnesses said the perfect markings, all in black and never outside the voting bubble, appeared as though they were printed by a machine or stamped.
The emergency motion detailed these and other abnormalities, violations, and potential signs of voter fraud on the night prior to the deadline for Georgia’s recount, which has already discovered, in three counties, batches of uncounted votes for Trump.
Pristine BallotsVoyles said that ballots usually show signs of handling, like written marks, creases, and torn edges. But a batch she counted while working as a recount auditor at the Georgia World Congress Center on Nov. 14 “stood out.”
“It was pristine. There was a difference in the texture of the paper—it was if they were intended for absentee use, but had not been used for that purpose,” Voyles testified. “There were no markings on the ballots to show where they had come from, or where they had been processed.”
“I observed that the markings for the candidates on these ballots were unusually uniform, perhaps even with a ballot marking device,” Voyles said. “By my estimate in observing these ballots, approximately 98 percent constituted votes for Joe Biden."
Carlos Silva, a registered Democrat, observed a batch of ballots similar to the one described by Voyles, this time in DeKalb County.
“I noticed they all had a perfect black bubble and all were Biden select,” Silva wrote in a sworn affidavit. “I heard them go through the stack and call out Biden’s name over 500 times in a row.”
Robin Hall witnessed the same odd ballots in Fulton County.
Debra Fisher witnessed the same pattern with military and overseas ballots. She noticed that the watermark on the ballots was printed in solid grey instead of being transparent like other ballots. Fisher suspected the ballots were counterfeit and inquired with the elections director, who told her it was not an issue “due to the use of different printers.”
Trump Votes for BidenThree of the affiants testified that they witnessed ballots cast for Trump being placed in stacks for Biden and counted toward the tally for the former vice president. One of the three said she recorded the activity on video.
Nicholas Zeher said he saw ballots cast for Trump being placed in a pile for Biden when he observed the recount in Henry County. Other observers told Zeher they noticed the same activity at three other auditor tables. When he brought the issue to the attention of the election official on site, “it was met with extreme hostility.”
“Based on my observations, I believe that additional absentee ballots were cast for Donald Trump but counted for Joe Biden. I further believe that there was widespread fraud favoring Joe Biden.”
Consetta Johnson saw Trump ballots being placed into the Biden tray when she monitored the recount in Cobb County.
“They then took out all of the ballots out of the Biden tray and stacked them on the table, writing on the count ballot sheet,” she said, adding that she recorded a video of the incident. “I believe the Board of Elections operations were sloppy, unorganized, and suspicious.”
Broken Rules, Hostile OfficialsMultiple witnesses described pervasive violations of the rules of the recount. Auditors failed to follow the procedure wherein each ballot is first viewed by one person, who reads out loud for whom the vote on the ballot was cast and passes the ballot to a second auditor who does the same. Several of the observers said the procedure wasn't uniformly followed and that auditors often counted the ballots individually.
The affidavits paint a picture of a messy process, with different auditor tables using different processes to tally the votes. Several of the Republican affiants say they faced open hostility by the election officials, who didn't treat the Democratic observers the same way.
One box of ballots was left unattended for two days, Savage said. Other boxes and bags were left lying around in the open, secured only with blank tags that could be easily cut and replaced with those lying around.
‘Under Protest’Trump on Nov. 18 again said that a true vote tally in Georgia would only be possible if the signatures on the ballots were audited.
Lin’s motion calls on the federal court to stop Georgia from certifying the results of the election and order another hand recount “which must be performed in a manner consistent with the Georgia Election Code.” Among other requests, Lin asked the court to order that the defendants hand over ballot envelopes and copies of absentee ballot requests.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the defendant, ordered the recount of some 5 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election. Raffensperger made the call under a new law that calls for an audit of a single race after each election. The Trump campaign may request another recount after the state’s results are certified.
“One of our monitors discovered a 9,626-vote error in the DeKalb County hand count. One batch was labeled 10,707 for Biden and 13 for Trump—an improbable margin even by DeKalb standards. The actual count for the batch was 1,081 for Biden and 13 for Trump,” David Shafer wrote on Twitter on Nov. 18.
On Nov. 18, after Lin filed the emergency motion, the Trump campaign paid the state of Wisconsin $3 million to conduct a recount in two counties. Legal challenges are also pending in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada. The challenges in the six states will decide the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.