A Georgia judge is allowing an audit by officials to ensure the integrity and security of the state’s elections. This includes roughly 145,000 absentee ballot from Fulton County in the 2020 election.
According to a report in George Star News, the audit will examine signatures on the ballots to ensure they are legitimate.
“Voter confidence in our election system is the bedrock of our republic. Unfortunately, inconsistencies in Fulton County’s November 2020 absentee ballots cast serious doubt on voters’ faith in our elections,” former Sen. Kelly Loeffler said in a statement.
But the audit will not change the results of the election.
“It’s not an election challenge, and therefore this case alone could not do that,” Favorito said. “What this case is about is the equal protection and due process, constitutional rights, of the plaintiffs and all Georgia voters. Because if counterfeit ballots were introduced into the certified results, it diluted our votes and the votes of all Georgians both within and outside of Fulton County,” said former Sen. Kelly Loeffler as she cheered the judge’s decision.
Fulton County has been a concern of residents in Georgia.
According to files provided by county officials, there is no chain of custody documents (absentee ballot transfer forms) for 385 out of the 1,591 dropbox collections in Fulton County between September 24, 2020, and November 3, 2020, the Georgia Star News reports.
Arizona Senate Republicans expressed the desire to ensure the legitimacy of the vote. Maricopa County is undergoing a complete forensic audit of the 2020 election.
The Arizona audit has met relentless resistance. In early May, officials held back materials that were subpoenaed by the state legislature. Their claim was submitting the materials would create a security risk for federal agencies and law enforcement.
The Arizona state Senate claimed election records had been tampered with by Maricopa County election officials just days before the equipment was delivered to Arizona Senate, reports the Georgia Star News.
The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was asked by the president of the Arizona State Senate to address “three serious issues that have arisen in the course of the Senate’s ongoing audit of the returns of the November 3, 2020, general election in Maricopa County.”
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors refused the invitation to meet and discuss a resolution of the issues with the Arizona State Senate.
The Fulton County ballots will not be transferred to an independent third party for examination. According to a report by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled the ballots must remain with Fulton County officials.
Favorito v. Coons, No. 2020CV343938 in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia.