by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 10, 2021) — On Tuesday the co-founder of Georgia-based voter-integrity organization voterga.org, Garland Favorito, gave a press conference during which he reported that nearly half of all counties in the state were unable or unwilling to produce ballot images from the November 3, 2020 election required by law to be maintained for a minimum of 22 months.

The discovery came about when volunteers submitted open records requests for the images and received various responses or non-responses from 74 out of 159 counties, Favorito said.

A video of the presser was posted this morning and can be viewed here: https://rumble.com/vozron-74-georgia-counties-cant-produce-original-2020-election-ballot-images.html

There were several items on Favorito’s agenda, including a redistricting plan which Favorito considered to be politically-motivated against a state representative, Philip Singleton, who joined voterga.org in a lawsuit seeking to ban Dominion voting equipment from the state; an update on a separate lawsuit dismissed last month by Judge Brian Amero which Favorito believes can be won at the appellate level; the results of the open records requests; and voterga’s support of an “independent audit” of the 2020 election.

Favorito mentioned that earlier this year, the organization TruetheVote.org reported having tracked cell-phone data during the 2020 election cycle to identify any potential criminal activity. “Using mobile and GPS data, we mapped the travel patterns of ballot traffickers to ballot dropboxes,” the group wrote in late August.

An earlier finding is that Fulton County, which includes the city of Atlanta, “is missing all of their in-person voting images,” (9:10) Favorito reminded the audience. “But they’re also missing 17,690 of their absentee-ballot images that the only ones that they provided, that doesn’t add up to the election results [sic]. We’re off by 17,000 there. Remember: the results of the race, well, there was only a 10,000-vote margin,” he said, referring to the presidential contest between then-President Donald J. Trump and Democrat Joseph R. Biden, Jr., who is now in the White House.

Through the recent open records requests, Favorito said, his organization found that in Cobb County alone, 325,000 ballot images are “missing.”

“We believe ballot images have been destroyed,” he said, as he launched into a graphical explanation of how the images are collected from the originals and uploaded into each county’s “EMS” system (10:42).

“The machines cannot tabulate results without the images,” he said. Images are scanned in three ways, he said, depending on the type of vote cast.

The results of the volunteers’ efforts demonstrated that “74 counties cannot produce original valid images for the November 2020 election,” amounting to 48% of the state’s counties which “destroyed valid images or refused to comply,” Favorito reported.

Six counties “admitted to having no images at all,” the data showed.  Counties depicted in red, Favorito said, “are the counties that either didn’t comply or destroyed the images.  Green are the counties that are good.”

Since November 4, Trump has pointed to Georgia and several other “swing” states as having held elections rife with fraud which yielded Biden as the presidential winner. On Tuesday, Trump commented on voterga’s presser, “Wow, look what was just found in Georgia. Why doesn’t Governor Brian Kemp do something about the large-scale Election Fraud that took place? Where is Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger? The people of Georgia get it!”

Some counties asked for “exorbitant” fees in order to produce or reproduce the records, Favorito said, and there were disagreements over interpretation of the open records law.

“They basically have turned over everything to Dominion to run,” (22:20) Favorito narrated against the backdrop of an email from a Gordon County elections official stating that certain images were not maintained. Another email dated September 10 stated that memory cards from the November 2020 election were “cleared” for reuse in the January 5, 2021 U.S. Senate runoff elections. “Dominion techs were operating the computers and setting them up for us and I am not sure why these images were not captured and saved for election day and advance voting,” the email continues. “I guess Dominion would have to answer that question.”

“We do not have any records from the November 3, 2020 election,” reads an email from the Wilkinson County Elections Deputy Registrar.

In the midst of much controversy, Raffensperger certified the state’s election results and last week released a book titled, “Integrity Counts.”

Last month, Raffensperger asked the U.S. Justice Department of investigate Fulton County for having destroyed documents, reportedly at its own admission, relating to the then-upcoming elections held on November 2 and for “chronic election irregularities inside the state’s largest county, which includes the city of Atlanta,” JusttheNews reported.

Just after the 25-minute mark, Favorito revealed an email from former state election director Chris Harvey indicating there was no issue with erasing the memory cards containing the November 2020 ballot images.

In response to a reporter’s question, Favorito said that since Georgia government officials cannot be trusted to investigate claims of voter fraud, “the only option that’s left that I know is for you to take your evidence with your own attorney directly to a grand jury” (30:45).

However, he said, “district attorneys now are running interference to prevent you from giving evidence to the grand jury, and what they’re doing is they’re running a protection scheme for corrupt government officials.”

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      1. Because the burden is on those claiming impropriety to explain the relevance of the alleged impropriety.

        A technical error (for example, if the ballots could be re-imaged as needed) does not necessarily show election fraud.

        1. The relevance to an investigation into possible election fraud that destroying original paper ballots would have needs no explaining. At least not to objective thinking adults.

        2. No one has said that original ballots were destroyed.

          So, again, any lack of ballot images doesn’t necessarily indicate election fraud.

        3. The people responsible for retaining the original election ballots have yet to prove they actually retained (didn’t destroy) them.

          Once again, the lack of ballot images necessarily raises suspicion of election fraud.

        4. I have no idea why you believe lack of images indicates fraud. Because the lack of images indicates only a lack of images.

          There continues to be no evidence that any original ballots have been destroyed.

    1. Thank you for acknowledging that election integrity is not what it should be and, thereby, justifying President Trump’s allegation of election fraud and requests for forensic audits in the hotly-contested swing states.

      1. There’s no evidence of election fraud.

        Regardless, any investigation now cannot undo the 2020 election because the former vice president certified the electoral vote count ten months ago.

        1. “You can lead a horse [election fraud denier] to water [unrefuted evidence] but you can’t make it drink [accept].”

          Any investigation may well not be able to undo the 2020 election but it darn well can and better hold people responsible for violating statutory election laws.

          Lest we forget that the investigation into the Trump-Russia Collusion hoax/lie, which most definitely affected the 2020 election but also can’t undo it, has already resulted in the indictment of two senior people in Obama’s administration/Hillary’s campaign and will likely result in even higher level people being indicted.

        2. Hello everybody,

          Ms. Rondeau this from your link:

          “Election Day – Video from State Farm Arena in Fulton County showed a Fulton County Election worker approaching the media and poll monitors. After a brief exchange, the media and monitors packed up and left. This coincided with media reports that everyone was told to leave State Farm Arena around 10 p.m. on Election Night; workers testified they were told that tabulation was stopping for the night and would resume the next morning. Instead, video from State Farm Arena revealed that about six workers stayed behind. What happened next revealed a coordinated effort by election workers to deliberately conceal their continued counting of ballots out of public view, in direct violation of the law. This incident was premeditated. Those workers pulled out four concealed cases of ballots from under a table and continued counting for another two hours. During those two hours there were multiple machines running, each of which could process up to 3000 ballots per hour. A “representative” of The Secretary of State’s office claimed that it had a representative present during that period, and the media reported that statement widely; it was not true. The representative admitted he was not present during that time period and is not evident on the video.”

          This incident was investigated by the Georgia Bureau Of Investigation (GBI)

          https://www.wsbtv.com/news/politics/georgia-election-officials-show-frame-by-frame-what-really-happened-fulton-surveillance-video/T5M3PYIBYFHFFOD3CIB2ULDVDE/

          https://www.augustachronicle.com/story/news/politics/elections/presidential/2020/12/07/secret-suitcase-magic-ballots-actually-bag-ballots-packed/3858322001/

          And this section:

          “At the State Farm Arena recount on November 14, Susan Voyles – who has 20 years’ experience managing election precincts in Fulton County – reviewed a stack of 110 absentee ballots [ballots are normally placed in stacks of 100] and noticed they were “pristine.””

          Investigators could not find any “pristine” ballots.

          https://www.ajc.com/politics/no-counterfeit-ballots-found-by-georgia-election-investigators/OFRHJDGKOJH7BMKCH77VMR63NM/

          Most of the report you linked appear to be examples of hearsay with no actual evidence of fraud. An observer saw something and thinks it is suspicious is not evidence.

          Maybe that is why nothing has been done to follow up on the committee’s report.

        3. Ligon’s report is eleven months old. It isn’t new.

          And Ligon’s report focused mainly on irregularities (which are not fraud) and proposed solutions for future elections.

          Regardless, Ligon’s report was issued after Georgia had certified its election results. It did not sway anyone in Georgia to rescind that certification, and none of the unsuccessful election litigation in Georgia relied on it.

          And many of its claims were rejected: https://www.gpb.org/news/2020/12/04/fact-checking-rudy-giulianis-grandiose-georgia-election-fraud-claim

        4. There continues to be no actual evidence of election fraud. As evidenced by Georgia’s certification of the election, the unsuccessful election litigation, the unsuccessful objection raised in Congress, and the absence of any election-related prosecutions.

          There also continues to be no prosecutions for any imagined election-law violations. Which suggests there were no criminally culpable election-law violations.

          Durham has indicted two people only for lying to the FBI. The indictments are unrelated to the substance of Mueller’s investigation and his conclusions.