Newly published notes jotted down by an election monitor detail a slew of issues witnessed in Georgia’s largest county during the 2020 election.
Carter Jones was tapped by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to observe firsthand the election in Fulton County. His notes detail what he saw from Nov. 2 to Nov. 7, 2020.
Problems started from the time Jones arrived at the English Street warehouse, which holds various election materials, at approximately 9 p.m. after Raffensperger’s office received reports throughout the afternoon of materials not being delivered to polling places in a timely manner, or at all.
Just four minutes after arriving, Jones saw an election official working to reset poll pads for a precinct. The precinct only received one bag of pads, despite the system at the warehouse showing both had been checked out.
Jones said many bags of pads and other materials were not packed and paperwork was not matching up. He used the word “chaos” and said there was much “confusion.” One county official blamed the secretary of state’s office, claiming they received a “flawed file,” but officials with the office responded that the alleged issue was “easy to disprove.”
Issues continued cropping up on Election Day. At State Farm Arena, Jones said there were “too many ballots coming in for secure black ballot boxes,” so workers were moving them in rolling bins 2,000 at a time.
“This seems like a massive chain of custody problem. It is my understanding that the ballots are supposed to be moved in numbered, sealed boxes to protect them,” he said.
Later in the night, the monitor became aware of reports that Fulton County officials said they were stopping counting for the night, prompting observers to leave, only to resume with no one monitoring them.
Jones did not arrive until about an hour after workers resumed counting.
At approximately 12:08 a.m. on Nov. 5, Jones reported that “order is starting to break down.”
Ralph Jones, a Fulton County election official, “newly re-scanned some ballots that had already been processed by Shaye” Moss, an election worker, Jones added.
“Inspector James Callaway arrives to investigate the accusations that the Fulton staff had told the press to go home and were scanning without observers,” he reported shortly afterward.
Staff finally sealed up the ballot bins about 30 minutes later, after leaving them unsealed for an undetermined period of time.
Jones left and went to sleep after swinging back by the warehouse.
As workers tried to scan adjudicated ballots in the afternoon of Nov. 5, all five scanners went down and Dominion Voting Systems technology employees began uploading to flash drives. Best practices say not to take down all scanners at once, and a backlog started building, according to the monitor’s notes.
Fulton County adjudicated some 106,000 ballots. That process applies to ballots that the tabulating machines could not read. People then pore over the paper to see if they can ascertain who the voter wanted to vote for.
At 7:07 p.m., workers started hearing they’d scanned just 10,000 ballots in five hours. “People are realizing that there is at least another 8-10 hours of work to finish up so the staff redouble their efforts,” Jones said.
A fresh wave of workers arrived about 30 minutes later. Jones heard one worker ask a colleague whether they were “ready for a long night.” The second replied, “yeah, I’m ready to [expletive] [expletive] up.”
“I must keep an eye on these two. Perhaps this was a bad joke, but it was very poorly timed in the presence of a poll watcher,” Jones wrote, wondering about the vetting practices of Happy Faces, which hires the temporary workers. He also said that there seemed to be “lots of training on the fly happening” with the workers who had recently arrived.
As the girlfriend of Elections Director Rick Barron visited with him despite lacking credentials to be in the room, Barron was reading tweets from fans who enjoyed his wearing of a Portland Timbers lanyard, Jones said around 10:30 p.m. Meanwhile, staffers were working hard to speed up their work.
Barron was fired in February but remains at his job.
Pressed for time, workers kept going into the early hours of the next morning. But the slog was wearing them down. Ralph Jones, for instance, was “making mistakes.”
“Staff member tells him that he miscounted the same batch twice. He was off by one both times,” the monitor wrote.
Jones, the monitor, later said that Moss found some “sloppy final paperwork” submitted by one of the workers.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 6, one worker, described as “panicked,” told Jones that four boxes or trays of ballots were “found” at the warehouse. Ralph Jones said the ballots were cured and collected before the polls closed. The worker later agreed, saying the ballots were not “found.” Jones reminded both of “the importance of precise language when the stakes are so high.”
The counting finally ended on Nov. 7.
Jones’s notes were obtained and published (pdf) by Just the News. Raffensperger’s office reportedly confirmed the authenticity of the notes to The Epoch Times.
The county is currently under investigation after legally required ballot transfer forms went missing.
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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