Investigators found no counterfeit forms in an inspection of one thousand of ballots flagged by Republican elections inspectors during the November 2020 election, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told a judge in a lawsuit by a group attempting to hand count ballots in Fulton County, the Atlanta Constitution Journal reports.
In a statement to the court, Raffensperger said that investigators inspected 1,000 randomly chosen ballots out of thousands flagged by Republicans during the election. The Republicans claimed that the ballots must have been fraudulent because they were “pristine” and the ovals designating a candidate were filled in perfectly. None of the ballots inspected were found to be forged, and they were all tracked back to legal voters.
“The secretary’s investigators have not uncovered any absentee ballots that match the descriptions given by affiants or otherwise appear to be fraudulent or counterfeit,” stated the 89-page response to the court by Georgia Assistant Attorney General Charlene McGowan.
The lawsuit, by four Republican election auditors who participated in a hand recount of all Georgia ballots which was completed in a matter of weeks, not six months like Arizona’s audit of Maricopa County managed by CyberNinjas, claims that suspicious ballots were counted in the November election.
One of the Republican auditors, Suzi Voyles, claims she saw blocks of pristine, unfolded ballots with perfectly filled ovals being brought into the Fulton County Convention Center, where the ballots were being consolidated and counted. She also claimed that there were problems with specific lots of ballots, giving investigators exact identifying numbers for the lots. Investigators found that the lots she denoted did not exist.
The Republicans challenged the validity of more than 145,000 ballots, and say the 1,000 vote batch was not enough to prove they’re invalid. They demand a hand inspection.