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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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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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