by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 26, 2021) — Last week the Republican Party of Cobb County (GA), Inc. issued a “Resolution for State-Wide Audit and Criminal Investigation” relating to the November 3, 2020 presidential election and January 5, 2021 U.S. Senate “runoff” elections, citing recent findings by the non-profit, non-partisan election-integrity group, voterga.org, as well as numerous other allegations of fraud.
Directed to Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who took office in 2019 after a highly-contested race with Democrat Stacey Abrams and is facing primary challengers early next year, the resolution “demands” that Kemp open an investigation to be conducted “BY AN INDEPENDENT Qualified forensic auditing firm…to be paid for with taxpayer funds so as to be free from interference and partisan control.”
On November 19, 2020, the results of a “risk-limiting audit” required by a new Georgia statute appeared to confirm Democrat Joe Biden the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral votes over incumbent Republican Donald Trump. The following day, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Kemp officially certified Biden’s victory by a margin of 12,670 votes.
On January 5, 2021, two Republican-held U.S. Senate seats were “flipped” to Democrats in Georgia, changing the majority party in the congressional upper chamber for the next two years at minimum and giving Biden a trifecta in the federal government.
Georgia is one of six “swing” states which Trump was confident he would win, along with Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Arizona. In fact, Trump was shown to be leading in those states by substantial margins on election night, only to be outshone by Biden in all six by the morning of November 4.
Overnight in Michigan and Wisconsin, a collective infusion of hundreds of thousands of votes was registered “without a single vote for President Trump recorded” in either, National File reported on November 4, 2020.
Ballot-counting was halted overnight in the densely-populated Fulton County, GA and Allegheny County, PA, The Daily Caller reported.
In a November 9, 2021 press conference, voterga.org co-founder and longtime election observer Garland Favorito revealed the results of open records requests (ORRs) filed with Georgia’s 159 counties demonstrating that 74, or 48%, said they did not retain, or failed to produce, ballot images from the 2020 election. Any failure to retain the images, Favorito and his attorneys contend, is a violation of state and federal law.
In Cobb County alone, Favorito’s efforts showed approximately 325,000 “missing” ballot images from the 2020 election.
“There are six sworn affidavits of counterfeit mail-in ballots in Fulton Co. election results scaling into the tens of thousands,” voterga previously reported as one reason to initiate an audit of the 2020 election.
Kemp only recently acknowledged election inconsistencies in Fulton County which he determined merit investigation as reported November 19 by JusttheNews. “Kemp referred Fulton County’s risk-limiting audit results this week to election regulators, saying he was not asking for any changes to the declaration that Joe Biden beat Donald Trump but was alarmed by the level of sloppy vote counting in the county that includes the city of Atlanta,” the article states.
In a document titled, “Review of Inconsistencies in the Data Supporting the Risk Limiting Audit Report” dated November 17, 2021 obtained by JTN, Kemp reported:
The following inconsistencies were initially discovered by Joe Rossi through comparisons of the Fulton County vote counts included in the document titled “Detailed Audit Report with Results from all Batch Sheets (Excel)” (“Detailed Audit Report”) and the ballot images obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Open Records Request (“Ballot Images”). Mr. Rossi’s analysis (“Rossi Count”) and the review conducted by the Office of the Governor (“Internal Count”) were performed by manually counting the Ballot Images for Fulton County. The Ballot Images only include absentee ballots.
According to HHJ Online, for more than a year, Georgia citizens Joe Rossi and Jack James studied the results of the 2020 election, focusing on Fulton County, and discovered that “the Fulton County batch tally sheets posted on the SOS website did not add up to the certified vote count for Fulton County. The count of the batch tally sheets versus the certified vote count was 246,922 versus 525,293.”
Separately, on October 11, Raffensperger referred evidence of Fulton County’s alleged shredding of voter registration applications prior to the November 2021 elections to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation while recognizing “20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections.”
Following Georgia’s November 2020 risk-limiting audit (RLA), The Carter Center, which acted as a “nonpartisan” observer in 25 of the state’s 159 counties, reported positively on the efforts of Raffensperger, election administrators and others involved in the new process.
The introduction in 2002 of Diebold electronic voting equipment in Georgia was “controversial,” The Carter Center stated in its report (p. 9), as was the Dominion equipment which followed.
As for the initial use of Dominion BMDs (ballot-marking devices) during the 2020 primaries, TCC reported (pp. 10-11):
The rollout of the new system in June 2020 for the primary elections received national attention as voters in metro Atlanta, particularly in Fulton County in areas with predominantly minority populations, waited in line for hours, newly recruited poll workers did not know how to operate the voting equipment, and there was a lack of provisional ballots. According to a report compiled by the Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee, the problems during the June primary were attributed to an unprecedented number of voters who had received absentee ballots deciding to vote in person, insufficient training for poll workers on how to operate the new equipment, and difficulty recruiting poll workers during the pandemic.14 In addition, the pandemic reduced the number of available polling places, and safety measures contributed to a reduction in training opportunities and longer waits for voters on election day. Prior to the November election, the secretary of state’s office worked with local election officials to address these issues. The state took measures to facilitate voting, such as creating an online portal for voters to securely request absentee ballots. Fulton County, which had numerous problems during the primary, added more than 200 polling sites and state officials collaborated with the nonpartisan organizations to recruit tech-savvy residents to serve as poll workers and deputy registrars.15 As a result, early voting and election day in November occurred largely without incident. It is within this larger context that the risk-limiting audit took place.
In its “Conclusions and Recommendations” section on page 33, TCC wrote:
As described above, there was some variation in practices and improvisation, particularly
regarding how to handle large containers, the documentation of the chain of custody, the
batching of envelopes for vote review panels’ attention, and how data entry work was divided up. The process did not unfold exactly as it was envisioned at the outset. However, given the reconciliation processes and the substantial number of monitors and observers present, the reports from Carter Center monitors indicated that ballot integrity was maintained.
The resolution calling for a statewide forensic audit of recent elections is below.
On September 29, 2021, the Cobb County Republican Party issued a rebuke of the governor titled, “A RESOLUTION CENSURING GOV. BRIAN KEMP FOR HIS BETRAYAL ON GEORGIA’S ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRISIS.”
On Sunday The Post & Email spoke with Salleigh Grubbs, Chairman of the Republican Party of Cobb County, about what led to the issuing of the resolutions and whether or not the group has received a response.
Both documents were drawn up by the Resolutions Committee of the party, Grubbs told us. “We’ve had all of the GOP across the state who are definitely aware of the fraud and what happened, and we have been without recourse,” she said. “If you want to talk about government corruption, then you just need to come to Georgia.”
Prior to the introduction of electronic voting methods, Georgia elections were problematic, Grubbs said, but have worsened since then. “The machines just have to go,” she said. “We need hand-marked paper ballots, and we can’t seem to get anyone in government to listen to us. Our secretary of state will not investigate. There was the letter that came out from a fellow by the name of Joe Rossi; that just finally came out last week, and I’m convinced that the only reason it did come out is because Gov. Kemp is afraid that he’s going to have significant complications in the 2022 elections.”
“Has Kemp launched an investigation into the November 3, 2020 election?” The Post & Email asked, to which Grubbs responded:
No. At the end of November last year, I testified before the state senate judiciary committee along with a lot of other people documenting fraud, and the day I testified was the day Gov. Kemp had the head of the GBI come out and say that they checked in Cobb County and there were no signature-match issues. All they did was go back and get a box that the elections director had gathered for him; it’s not like they went through and actually did an audit or anything like that. It was, in my opinion, a ruse. We have not had any kind of consistent, tangible look at the election documentation. I know Garland very well; he has been fighting against this for a long time, and it just seemed to culminate with what has happened recently, and it just kind-of blows my mind that a year later, the governor’s just now saying, “Oh, we need to take a look at this.”
We’ve been screaming form the rooftops; there’s been demonstrations; there’s been protests; there’s been senate testimony; we’ve done everything we know to do; there’s been lawsuits; there’s been grand-jury testimony, and he’s done nothing.
Unbeknownst to us at the time we spoke, on November 20, 2020, the day Kemp and Raffensperger certified Biden the state’s presidential winner, Grubbs accompanied another woman we recently interviewed, Susan Knox, in a pursuit of a truck emblazoned with “A-1 Shredding” from Jim Miller Park in Marietta, where ballots had been stored. “Yes, Susan Knox and I are the ones that chased the shredding truck,” Grubbs said after we made the connection.
As Grubbs stated, both she and Knox testified to the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee on December 30, 2020 as to their observations of alleged election irregularities, including the shredding truck. Knox begins her testimony at 2:37:28, and Grubbs directly follows her.
“When I saw what happened at Jim Miller Park, I was like, these are our votes; these are our ballots; these are our constitutional rights being trampled on,” Grubbs told us. “There is nothing that means more in America than the right to vote and the right to have your vote count and to have every legal vote count. One citizen, one vote is what it should be. So to see that stripped away from us was like a gut-punch to me. I mean, it was worse than a gut-punch; it was as if somebody took a dagger and put it through my heart. In America, that’s what happening. So now we have these people who because of the political environment are willing to just move on. I understand we have to move on, but we have to move on cognizant of what happened in 2020.
“I realize they’re not going to unring the bell,” she continued. “At first I was in disbelief that they wouldn’t just stop everything…This is how naive I was. I thought they were just going to stop. I thought that they were not going to have the Senate election until we had things fixed. That was very naive on my part. Now I realize that once the die is cast…”
She became involved in the recount effort after receiving a video on November 13, 2020 from Knox, Grubbs told The Post & Email. “I had never met Susan before,” she said. “I got a text message with a video where they were not allowing Republican observers on to the floor to watch the recount. So I said, ‘I have to go’ and went immediately to Jim Miller Park. After that, when they pulled all the shenanigans that they did — they had a room full of 40 tables and they would only allow four Republican observers in, which meant one observer had to watch ten tables at the same time. It was all corded, so they were screaming, ‘Get back, get back, use your mask!’ When I saw the video, I saw a fellow Republican essentially being bullied, which I felt couldn’t stand.”
She and Knox “followed the truck out of the park,” Grubbs recalled of that day, “and I was on the phone with another friend. ‘I don’t know where this truck is going, but I’ll follow it as far as I can,’ Grubbs said she told her friend. “I had nine miles of gas left in my car; I had not taken the time to get gas before I got there, so I was following it. Well, that friend got on the phone with Susan and said to come follow me because I was about to run out of gas and I was following the truck. So Susan caught up to me, then I got into her car and we left my car at a gas station. If it weren’t so serious, it would be funny.”
“Where did you end up?” The Post & Email asked.
“He took us on a wild goose chase, and he knew that we were following him,” Grubbs responded, “and we ended up losing him because of the traffic pattern. So we went back to Jim Miller Park and asked the sheriff’s office to make a report, but they refused. “
We asked Grubbs whether or not she believes Kemp is sincere about identifying voter fraud in light of his launch of a probe into the Fulton County risk-limiting audit. “No, I don’t think he is sincere,” she replied. “He hasn’t been sincere over the past year. He’s been to rallies where people have shouted him down about it, and now he makes out like he just found out about it? It’s ridiculous.”