On Friday, May 21, a Georgia State Court Judge ordered that about 145,000 absentee ballots that were cast in Fulton County, Georgia, during the 2020 election be reproduced and handed over for examination.
This move has come in response to an election fraud lawsuit brought forward by nine different plaintiffs, including Garland Favorito, a former candidate for the Constitution Party in Georgia and now a crusader for election integrity. Those following election fraud-related events in Georgia may remember that Favorito had been allowed to inspect one of Dominion’s voting machines that were used in a smaller Georgia county, and he found that the machine had indeed been programmed to switch votes from Trump to Biden.
Potentially, this decision could be a rather significant step in unearthing the true extent of Georgia’s election fraud during 2020.
Some Background on Georgia’s Election Laws
This lawsuit is one of many election fraud suits in Georgia that have been winding their way through the courts. Unfortunately, because of how Georgia election law is set up, it would have been impossible to mount any challenges to the results there in time to stop certification, even if overwhelming evidence of fraud had been uncovered.
Under Georgia law, a judge presiding over an election fraud case does not have the power to declare the winner of any election. He can only declare the results either valid or invalid. If declared invalid, Georgia law states that the election must be redone.
Unfortunately, because of a quirk in the law, only a limited amount of time is allowed for those bringing legal challenges against election results to perform discovery and review relevant election records, and this makes it impossible to complete any challenges prior to the election being certified.
This is why challenges like Favorito’s are only making headway now.
What This Ruling Means
Now that Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero has allowed this review to go forward. Election investigators will be able to examine high-resolution copies of more than 145,000 Fulton Couty absentee ballots.
Doing this will enable them to discover whether any of the ballots had been pre-printed and marked by machines rather than by humans with pens.
It will also allow them to ascertain the degree to which the claims of those like Jovan Pulitzer are true. Pulitzer, you may remember, is a digital imaging expert who earlier found some evidence that some absentee ballots had been pre-printed with certain “kinematic artifacts” that would make them unreadable to machines.
Ballots that machines cannot read would be handed over to “adjudication,” which gives election workers absolute and unchecked power to declare which candidate each ballot was “really” cast for.
It then turned out that a disproportionate number of these misprinted ballots had been mailed to Republican-leaning districts across Fulton County.
While this lawsuit will not be able to reverse Georgia’s election results, it’s a significant step in uncovering the degree and the type of fraud that took place there.