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.”