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GA Sec. of State expects 60,000 remaining ballots to be counted Thursday

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About 60,000 votes are uncounted in the State of Georgia as of Thursday morning that could sway the results of the national presidential election, the State’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told reporters. Raffensperger expects that those ballots will be counted by Thursday and defends that the process is going smoothly, but says it’s taking longer than normal because the state hasn’t accepted paper ballots in decades.

Raffensperger also said that the overseas active duty military ballots and provisional ballots may also have to come into the count as he expects a close race. Those ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked November 3.

“We are working to get these done today, if possible,” he said. “And we’re working with the counties who might be having questions about how to do this properly because the main thing we want to do. Fast is great, we appreciate fast. We more appreciate accuracy. Accuracy is gonna be the bedrock on which people believe the outcomes of this election, be they on the winning side or the losing side.”

Raffensperger added that Tuesday’s election is the first election in 20 years where Georgia used paper ballots. “We told people they can expect some results on election night. We got a lot of them out there, and, in fact, we got down to 250,000 yesterday and we’re down to about 60,000 today.”

Raffesnberger said the state currently has the following vote counts:

  • Bryan County: 3,027
  • Burke County: 494
  • Chatham County: 17,157
  • Clayton County: 7,408
  • Cobb County: Approximately 700
  • Floyd County: 682
  • Forsyth County: 4,713
  • Fulton County: 11,200
  • Gwinnett County: 7,300
  • Harris County: 3,641
  • Laurens County: 1,797
  • Putnam County: 1,552
  • Taylor County: 456

Total: 60,127

“The anticipation as we will continue to go through the process throughout the day and into the evening if necessary,” Raffesnberger explained.

“We anticipate getting through this process today. One of the reasons that our friends in Chatham County take a little bit longer is they have a unique system where their voter registration is separate from their elections division and they handle different sides of the absentee ballot and the reporting process,” he said, adding that “we’re through that process today and I anticipate getting a majority of the 17,000 in today as well.”

The Trump campaign and the Republican party of Georgia filed a lawsuit in the peach state Wednesday, alleging that late mail ballots were being counted after the polls closed Tuesday.

According to The Hill, the campaign also filed an affidavit from a registered poll watcher who claims to have observed 53 late mail ballots being mixed in with ballots that arrived on time.

“We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots,” deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said in a statement. “President Trump and the Georgia Republican Party have filed suit to require all Georgia counties to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.”

Raffensperger was asked about the lawsuit during Thursday’s press conference.

“It’s a lawsuit that will be handled at the county level,” Raffensperger said Thursday of the lawsuit. “As I understand it, it may only affect 50 ballots, but I’m sure that their legal counsel will give them the advice they need to get through that process.”

Raffensperger wasn’t aware of any allegations of voter fraud in the State, but said he’s “aware of several things.” When asked about a “corrupt scanner in Gwinnett County,” Raffensperger said he also wasn’t aware of such a thing.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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