A Test Of Integrity and Transparency In Georgia’s January 5th Special Runoff Election

GEORGIA—A new testing ground of integrity, and transparency to occur on January 5, 2021 in Georgia’s Special runoff between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.  Both Perdue and Ossoff fell short of a majority in the November 3rd election.

The two runoffs in the state — this race and the special election for the state’s other Senate seat — will decide control of the Senate on Jan. 5.

The runoff special election to be a hot contested race, but massive mail-out must not be permitted—since COVID-19 is not a factor.  The mail-in ballots are suspect of more than 8 million ballots being casted in the 2020 Presidential Election for Joe Biden in battle States—Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia.

Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. issue an order late Friday ordered that “until today, this Court was not informed that the guidance issued on October 28, which had an important bearing on the question whether to order special treatment of the ballots in question, had been modified.”

 “The application received today also informs the Court that neither the applicant nor the Secretary has been able to verify that all boards are complying with the Secretary’s guidance, which, it is alleged, is not legally binding on them. I am immediately referring this application to the Conference and direct that any response be filed as soon as possible but, in any event, no later than 2 p.m. tomorrow, November 7, 2020.”

Pennsylvania’s law does not extend ballots to be counted–which was received after 8:00 PM. 

Governor Wolf knew prior to the November 3rd election that ballots had to reach the Secretary of State by 8:00 PM.  Although Wolf claimed he reached an agreement with Republicans on the package—the Republicans have confirmed that Wolf got it wrong. But GOP statehouse leaders denied they had any accord with the governor, and claimed he resisted changes to the rules governing poll watchers.

“I was trying to get to a point where we have a reasonable counting opportunity for the counties, Republican counties and Democratic counties, to give them a chance to do a very practical thing, which is open those envelopes up and smooth them out if they have to get them ready to be counted at 8 p.m. on Election Day,” Wolf said on Oct. 27.

Some of the counties impacted by Alito’s order includes Beaver, Cumberland, Franklin, Greene, Juniata, Mercer, Monroe, and Montour.

Atlanta and Dekalb Counties were the hold out counties that delivered additional votes after precinct closures. There have been allegations of technology malfunctions in reading the ballots result, and massive voting fraud in mail-in ballots.  As of late Friday morning, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., led President Trump in the state by a mere 1,579 votes.

“Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that 4,169 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be counted in four counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd. The largest tranche to be counted is in Gwinnett County, which contains Atlanta suburban communities and has gone from Republican-leaning to Democratic leaning in recent years.

Georgia has not counted thousands of military ballots–due to mail-in postmark verifications. But Georgia has not reported if other late ballots have been verified for postmarks.

“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said in a Friday morning news conference at the State Capitol.

He added, “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”

 

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