Date: 07-08-2021



Given the never-ending election saga in Georgia, we created a comprehensive timeline summary of all the shenanigans that took place in the lead up to and beyond the November 2020 election:

Two months before the 2020 election, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger appeared concerned. On his mind were the nearly 1,000 cases of potential voter fraud that occurred in the state’s primary held in June. Absentee ballots had risen from about five percent of the ballots cast to a new high of 50 percent. Raffensperger assured the public that an investigation was underway, and those who broke the law would be held accountable for their actions because “No one gets to vote twice. Everyone gets one vote.”

In late September, Georgia election officials announced that a software change to voting machines would be implemented to resolve a glitch related to a purported issue with the touchscreens. According to Dominion executive Eric Coomer, the glitch was related to the underlying Android operating system, and a simple software change would be able to fix it. Election integrity activists obtained legal counsel and went to U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg with their concerns about the software issues reported by election officials, including problems with touchscreens. They argued that the machines were not secure and should not be used. University of Michigan professor and leading election security expert J. Alex Halderman said in his written declaration, “in complex computerized systems like Georgia’s election equipment, last-minute changes, even seemingly small ones, can introduce serious and difficult-to-foresee consequences.” Judge Totenberg heard the case and ruled that the state could keep the machines but must submit required documentation about testing of the altered software and any records filed for federal approval.  

In October 2020, director Matt Taylor released the film Safeguard: An Electoral College Story. Taylor’s message was that if the United States did away with the electoral college system and instead only used the popular vote system, a candidate could win the Presidential election without any needing to earn any votes from minority groups. In the film, Georgia is featured as a state where minority voters have greater power under the electoral college, as their votes could be the “tipping point” that decides the swing state’s presidential electors.

Earlier in March 2020, Raffensberger signed a consent decree  to settle a lawsuit filed by 2018 gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams claimed that immigrants and minorities were much more likely to have their ballots rejected for a signature mismatch, therefore disenfranchising them. After the 2020 presidential election was decided in Georgia by just 11,779 votes, the impact the settlement agreement potentially had on the election outcome renewed interest in the signature matching of ballots among Georgians. 

In the runup to the November 2020 election, Americans became increasingly concerned with the questionable practice of ballot harvesting, which allows voter ballots to be collected and delivered to election polls by a third party. Election experts warned this could potentially drag out the November 3 election. Ballot harvesting is legal in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Texas, and Virginia.

By November 3, over 95 million people had already voted early and cast 60 million of those votes by mail. Concerns grew that it could take several days or even weeks until there the election winner was known because several states had changed their laws to allow for the receipt, processing, and tallying of ballots. Georgia was one of these states, along with Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

On the evening of November 3, Election Day, there was an alarming report of a water main break that was cited as the reason vote counting had been halted in Fulton County. However, it was later discovered that there was no evidence, such as invoices or work orders, to prove this event had happened. The water leak story was explained as a mistake in terminology that a urinal leak occurred and not a water main break. Trump appeared to have had a huge lead in Georgia at the time the vote counting was stopped, and rampant speculation spread about what really happened in Fulton County on election night.  

Many Georgians were not satisfied with the official explanations. On November 7protestors began to gather outside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, to demand a free and fair election.  

On November 29, 2020, a federal judge presiding over Sidney Powell’s Georgia lawsuit issued a cease-and-desist order to prevent Georgia officials from wiping or resetting the Dominion machines. The judge reversed the order later that day, saying that the defendants don’t have possession of the Dominion equipment. That same night for a third time the judge once again blocked the state from wiping or resetting the machines, and a temporary restraining order was issued to Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee counties.

In early December 2020security camera footage from Fulton County was presented to a hearing of Georgia’s Senate Oversight Committee. The video appeared to show a Fulton County Election supervisor pulling suitcases of ballots out from under the table on Election Day after poll workers had allegedly been told to leave for the day. Later on, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager Gabriel Sterling and chief investigator for the Georgia Secretary of State, Frances Watson, explained that the video reportedly shows routine procedures for an election. After seeing the video Georgia Governor Brian Kemp reasserted his calls for a signature audit, though he said the decision would ultimately be left up to Secretary of State Raffensperger. On December 14, Raffensperger called for an audit of the signature matching of Cobb County absentee ballots.  

On December 29, 2020, Raffensberger’s office reported the results of the signature match audit, stating, “The audit found “no fraudulent absentee ballots” with a 99% confidence threshold.” However, on January 2, 2021 the Tennessee Star News reported major flaws in the audit of absentee ballot signatures when compared to the criteria established for an election audit established by the non-profit Election Audit. The Star News concluded that the audit failed to meet the standards of the organization’s 2018 report Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Audits. Among these principles that the audit lacked were transparency and comprehensiveness, by failing to examine the paper ballots, not allowing citizens to observe, etc. Raffensberger declined to comment to the Star News on the matter. 

Also, on December 29Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner blocked two Georgia counties from taking 4,000 allegedly inactive voters off of its voter rolls before the runoff elections for U.S. Senate in January. Notably, Judge Gardner is Stacey Abram’s sister.

On December 30, 2020Jovan Hutton Pulitzer testified at a Georgia Senate Election Law Study Subcommittee hearing that he had examined some of the voting machines and found potential very serious issues were present. During the hearing, the subcommittee unanimously passed a motion to request a forensic audit of the absentee ballots in Fulton County.  

In early January 2021, a phone call was leaked between President Trump and the Georgia Secretary of State. In the phone call, Trump stated: “All I want to do is this. I want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.” Much media controversy followed, but there were no consequences for either party on the phone call, although reportedly, Georgia has convened a grand jury to investigate the matter.

On January 5Georgia held runoffs for both Senate seats, and Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock declared victory over Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. A slim margin of victory gave the Democrats a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives, which would become critical in enabling President Biden to push his legislative agenda.

On March 16, 2021, after three months of fighting in court, independent voter analyst Garland Favorito received a favorable ruling in his quest to gain access to 150,000 of Fulton County’s mail-in ballots. The ruling came after four affidavits were signed by veteran election officials claiming that about 20,000 to 30,000 of those ballots appeared to be counterfeit. These officials reported several irregularities that led them to their conclusion: the paper seemed different, along with the folds and bubble-in markings, and some of the ballots only included options to vote for the President and the Senate and had all the other public servant positions missing. The judge in the case ruled that these 30,000 suspected counterfeit ballots must be analyzed.

On March 25, 2021, Governor Kemp signed an election integrity bill that set stricter parameters on elections by limiting the number of ballot boxes and implementing Voter ID requirements. This caused quite a bit of controversy and was met with corporate boycotts from companies like Delta Air Lines, Major League Baseball, and Coca-Cola. In early April, ballots from Fulton County were released to a group of fair election activists from to perform a forensic audit. 

In response, Secretary of State Raffensperger filed an amicus brief backing Fulton County election officials to deny the activists access to the paper records. Raffensperger said in an “effort to protect the public’s interest,” he would only allow access to the ballot images and not the physical ballots themselves. One of several reason given was that “allowing petitioners to conduct their scan on uncertified and unknown equipment is contrary to law and would set a new and dangerous precedent going forward.” 

Creative Destruction Media identified at least seven false allegations included in the amicus brief. They included claims of major security and privacy issues involving the ballots, and attempting to use 2007’s Smith v Dekalb County case as a precedent for ballot images when no ballot images were involved in that case. Activist Garland Favorito referred to the blocking of physical ballots as an election fraud “coverup.” However, the judge has since ruled against Secretary of State’s amicus brief.

On April 7 2020, Raffensperger referred Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties for investigation after they failed to complete and retain their absentee ballot transfer forms, violating Georgia laws. Absentee ballot drop boxes only became legal in 2020 due to a rule that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic. Then on April 13, the Georgia Star News reported that the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), an election group bankrolled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, donated $5.6 million to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, with the funds earmarked for use in the 2020 presidential election.  

On April 27, the COO/CFO of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Gabriel Sterling, referred to the forensic audit in Arizona as “another step in undermining confidence in elections.” He also said that “any ‘findings’ will be highly suspect.” Then on April 30, Creative Destruction Media reported discovering a receipt in the trash can outside election facilities in Dekalb County, revealing a $10 million request for 25 million voter registration applications ordered right before the January 5, 2020, U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia. The Assistant County Attorney from the Dekalb County government said they had discovered something related to the receipt but need an additional ’30 days’ to think about it.

In December 2020, it had been revealed that Georgia had 460,000 ballots that lacked chain of custody documents. Yet, although ballots without a clearly documented chain of custody should not be counted, the Georgia election was still certified for Joe Biden, by the slim margin of just 11,779 votes. By April 2020, Georgia still did not have chain of custody documents for 355,000 of those ballots.  

On May 21, 2021, after significant irregularities were discovered in batches of the Fulton County ballots, Georgia Judge Brian J. Amero ordered those ballots to be unsealed. But his ruling only allowed Fulton County employees to perform the ballot scanning while the VoterGA forensic experts were there to observe. 

Judge Amero delayed the forensic audit on May 27, 2021, upon the decision of Fulton County to review and possibly dismiss the election fraud case, which was initially brought to Judge Amero by Garland Favorito of 

The next day, May 28, 2021, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor served the current Georgia governor, Brian Kemp, with notices and affidavits letting him know that the people of Georgia demand a full forensic audit. That same day, announced that the Fulton County Election Board had hired two well-known criminal defense attorneys to attempt to stop the forensic audit.

On May 29, 2021,  an alarm sounded at a secure building that held ballots for the Fulton County forensic audit. The building was found open and unsecured. On June 11, it was discovered that the ballots in Republican areas were printed differently than the ballots from Democrat areas in Georgia. This caused many Republican ballots to be rejected by the voting machines, requiring adjudication by election workers, providing an opportunity for changing votes from Trump to Biden. 

Then on June 142021a judge issued yet another delay regarding the depositions of the election workers who signed affidavits about the irregularities in the Fulton County ballots. Also, on June 14, it was reported that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is still claiming he was unaware of all the missing chain of custody documents from Fulton County, despite all of the issues, irregularities, and continued controversy surrounding the 2020 election in Georgia.

On June 162021, news broke that former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams bankrolled Happy Faces Personnel Group, which was the main contractor that used the staff both the November 3 elections and the January 6 U.S. Senate runoff elections. On June 172021Just the News reported that the Georgia audit found that 100 batches of absentee ballots from Fulton County – each batch containing 100 ballots – were likely to be missing. In the 29-page Election Report completed by the Georgia investigator, there were other issues found with the absentee ballots as well during the audit, including some ballots having been scanned more than once and statistical anomalies.  

On June 19, 2021, Raffensperger announced 100,000 outdated voters would be removed from the Georgia voter rolls. This, of course, raised questions about how many ineligible people voted in the 2020 election, especially given Biden won with less than 12,000 votes. On June 21, the hearing began for Garland Favorito’s case that alleged fraudulent mail-in ballots were counted in the 2020 election. So far, not one count of the case has been dismissed, and the judge has ignored the amicus brief filed by Secretary of State Raffensperger back in March, which attempted to deny the activists access to paper records of election ballots.


Kandiss Taylor Shares On Going Efforts to Restore Election Integrity

As a candidate for Senate and watching her votes get jeapordized, Kandiss has been fighting to restore election integrity since the very beginning.

Here are Kandiss Taylors Continued Efforts to Audit Georgia:

July 2021, Kandiss Taylor has begun releasing evidence of another 168,000 ballots from Cobb County with no chain of custody. In a recent interview with Marcus Dee, Taylor explains how this discovery occurred:

“The auditing team had gotten all the open records requests possible from Cobb County, and when they were examining the tabulator tapes, a mathematician on the auditing team noticed the numbers weren’t adding up. Typically, each ballot scanner is supposed to have its own tape, as well as its counter number, serial number, unique date, and timestamp. But instead, all the tapes had come from the same machine, with the same serial number, and same protective counter number, with some of the tapes printed only minutes apart. She inquired about the issue to the Election Director, who explained that the cards that held all the votes on them from the ballot marking devices (BMDs) were all taken and put in the same machine. The fact that all the tapes were printed from the same machine indicates a serious violation of proper procedure.”

Tabulator tapes are supposed to be printed from their machine before the card with the votes on it is removed. Before the card is put in the machine to tally the votes, a seal must be removed. Once the seal is removed, the chain of custody is gone, which requires the tapes to be printed beforehand to protect the chain of custody. Taylor explained that since the cards were taken out before the tabulator tapes (which record the votes as cast) were printed, and they could have been changed, dropped, or put in another machine. It is now impossible to know what actually transpired. The fact that this and numerous other procedures were suddenly and dramatically altered for this election has raised many suspicions.  

Taylor discussed another problem with the BMDs in Georgia: when making a selection on a touchscreen, a voter does not know if the selection was properly identified and subsequently printed out the correct choice. Unless someone checks their ballot after it is printed, it is impossible to know how if the vote was correctly recorded. Taylor says she has been aware of this potential issue since last year when she ran for U.S. Senate, reporting that around 50 people have reached out to her and say that they had voted for her, but the ballot printed another candidate’s name.  

Since the election in November 2020, Taylor has been a vocal advocate for the people of Georgia, performing the work expected from someone in political office. Taylor took the initiative after her friend and fellow Patriot George/Behizy suggested that they should find out what steps Arizona took to start their full forensic audit to see if the same could be done in Georgia. She did exactly that, and now she is taking every means of action necessary to get a full forensic audit underway in Georgia.

Taylor discussed with Marcus Dee how astounded she is that Arizona took the initiative to get their full forensic audit underway because they saw the fraud in Georgia. They realized they used the same kind of machines in the election, and an investigation made perfect sense. Yet, Georgia itself still doesn’t have a full forensic audit going. Even though back in December, a Senate subcommittee hearing passed a motion to request that there be this type of forensic examination of the ballots. 

Meanwhile, Patrick Byrne alleged ballots from the 2020 election being shredded right outside the facility. In June, the ballot images of all 148,000 of Fulton County’s absentee ballots were classified as public records and are now available online. The ballots show the different ways the forms were filled out and how the machine would read them. In many cases, the ballots had unclear or ambiguous markings that had to be examined by a human to attempt to interpret the voter’s intent.  

For Kandiss Taylor, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Georgia Senators have claimed that there is nothing they can do in gathering evidence because they would need three-fifths of a majority to vote in favor of issuing subpoenas and warrants for evidence to get a full forensic audit going. Since they aren’t scheduled to go back into session until the end of January 2022, it isn’t possible to hold a committee meeting to get the three-fifths vote they need. However, Taylor believes that a special committee can be called to achieve this goal. Taylor is adamant that the American people need to be educated on their rights under the Constitution and how to put the exercise of those rights into action. She even counts herself among the people that didn’t know enough about the Constitution. She credits Arizona Congressional candidate Josh Barnett and Dave Jose for teaching her about her rights as an American citizen.  

Taylor says the new litmus test for political candidates should be whether or not they are calling for a full forensic audit of the 2020 election of their state. However, “we cannot wait for the [2022] primary [election] to get all of this done because if we don’t do this now, we lose it all.” She encourages American citizens to put pressure on their legislators by making phone calls, sending e-mails, making in-person visits, arranging rallies, filing lawsuits, or any other law-abiding actions that may seem fit.


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Author: Jessica Geraghty - BA in Journalism and Political Science at The University of Connecticut. 


Editor: The RULER