Georgia Ballot Harvesting Investigation Advances After Subpoena Approved By Election Board
Monday, March 21, 2022
One of the biggest reasons why Americans don’t know more about what actually happened during the 2020 election regarding the mailing in of tens of millions of ballots — the first of its kind in our history — is because those who have been trying to find the answers have been blocked at nearly every turn.
Now, however, in the interest of 2020 election transparency, the good guys caught a break for a change, this time in Georgia.
As reported by Just the News:
The Georgia Elections Board has approved a subpoena to secure evidence and testimony in an ongoing investigation into whether third-party liberal activists illegally gathered thousands of absentee ballots in the 2020 general election and a subsequent runoff that determined Democrat control of the U.S. Senate.
The vote was a major win for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who announced the investigation into alleged ballot harvesting in January and was seeking the subpoena authority to assist the probe.
The subpoena power will allow Raffensperger’s team to secure evidence about a whistleblower who alleged to an election integrity group that he participated in a large operation to gather ballots in which activists were paid $10 for each ballot they delivered.
Georgia law expressly prohibits third parties from collecting, gathering or delivering absentee ballots, except in the case of immediate relatives.
“All the board members are here,” Matthew Mashburn, the newly-chosen acting board chairman, said after emerging from a closed-door session. “A quorum is in order. We went into executive session for purposes of discussing pending and potential litigation and for the board to authorize subpoenas in case no. 2020-10-Dougherty County and 2022-003 ballot harvesting.”
The new subpoena powers will be used by Raffensperger’s office to obtain evidence from an election integrity group, True the Vote, after the organization filed a complaint in November saying that it had obtained video, an admission from a whistleblower, and cell phone location records that purport to show that there was a widespread ballot harvesting operation taking place in the state during the 2020 general election as well as the runoff in January 2021.
The group’s complaint noted that surveillance footage showed individuals trafficking ballots by delivering stacks of them to drop boxes between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. The group also said that cell phone records show that up to 240 ‘activists’ were involved in the deliveries.
“The group said a cooperating whistleblower to whom it granted John Doe anonymity admitted he was paid $10 for each ballot he collected and delivered and that scores of others were involved in the operation,” Just the News added.
“John Doe described a network of non-governmental organizations that worked together to facilitate a ballot trafficking scheme in Georgia,” True the Vote noted in its complaint.
“John Doe claimed to have been one of many individuals paid to collect and deliver absentee ballots during the early voting periods of the November 2020 General Election and the January 2021 Runoff Election,” the complaint continued.
Former President Donald Trump has regularly claimed that the 2020 election was “rigged” against him in states like Georgia and elsewhere Democrats dominated huge urban centers where they could control election processes. He has not produced any evidence to support the allegations, but given Trump’s track record of making ‘outrageous’ claims only to be proven right, we’re not counting him out just yet.
“We need to get a subpoena for the fella who this John Doe is,” Raffensperger explained. “Was he paid? How much was he paid? And then who paid him. And we’re going to follow the money, and we’re going get to the bottom of it. And we’re going to prosecute this, if we find that there’s substance to it.”
Good luck to Georgia. We need more transparency on this issue, not less, if a wide swath of Americans are ever to trust election outcomes again.