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Notes taken during the 2020 presidential election by a consultant hired to monitor ballot counting in Fulton County, Atlanta, have some convinced that something isn’t right, despite claims otherwise from the consultant.
In an interview this week with the Associated Press, election monitor Carter Jones claimed the election process in Fulton County had been messy but not fraudulent.
“They got it over the goal line. They made their numbers add up. Yes, the vehicle was held together by duct tape and chewing gum, but it got over the goal line,” he said.
But some argue that his actual notes, which were obtained by investigative journalist John Solomon, paint a different picture.
Writing for Just The News on Friday, Solomon noted that the 29 pages of notes list “a litany of high-risk problems such as the double-counting of votes, insecure storage of ballots, possible violations of voter privacy, the mysterious removal of election materials at a vote collection warehouse, and the suspicious movement of ‘too many’ ballots on Election Day.”
Around 4:00 pm on Election Day, for instance, Jones jotted down a complaint after reportedly observing absentee ballots arriving “in rolling bins 2k at a time.”
“This seems like a massive chain of custody problem. It is my understanding is that the ballots are supposed to be moved in numbered, sealed boxes to protect them,” he wrote.
Around 8:10 pm on the day after Election Day, Jones reported that a poll watcher had observed one of “two new reinforcements” vowing to “f–k s–t up.”
“[A] party poll watcher was on the elevator with two new reinforcements. The first asked the second if they ‘were ready for a long night.’ The second replied that, ‘yeah. I’m ready to f*ck sh*t 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,” he wrote.
Urban Dictionary has several definitions for this urban lingo, including to “create disorder” and to “make a bad mistake.”
Jones added that the two had been “put on a team confirming and boxing ballots that have already been scanned to prepare them for later audit.”
He also wondered whether Happy Faces Personnel Group, the staffing service that recruited election workers for Fulton County, was doing anything about hires such as the two.
“What is Happy Faces doing to vet the people who they are sending to make sure that they are not sending in people who do actually want to ‘f*ck sh*t up?'” he wrote.
During his work in Fulton County, Jones also repeatedly complained about duplicate ballots. One set of duplicates were needed for future audits, but the workers sometimes had trouble keeping track of everything.
“Scanning starting to pile up à Lots of jams and necessary duplicates. They are clearly not built for this kind of capacity,” he complained around 11:00 pm on Nov. 4th.
At other times, the workers were producing too many duplicates because of machine errors.
Slightly before 5:00 am the following morning, Jones reported that a machine had been shuttered because it kept “[d]ouble-feeding and cutting through both the envelope and the ballot, which leads to even more duplicates.”
On Nov. 6th, Jones complained that the election staffers “[d]idn’t do a good job of keeping printed duplicates with original torn ballots (provisional).”
The 29 pages of notes also contain key observations about what happened after election officials and local journalists were famously sent home after the election workers were ordered to stop counting ballots.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 4, 2020
At 11:26 pm on Election Night, he wrote, “There is confusion about whether or not they’re still scanning at State Farm bc there were reports that the staff there told the rest of the staff and press to leave, but I am still getting number reports from Shaye.”
Shaye refers to Fulton County employee Shaye Moss.
Jones then left for State Farm Arena, where ballots were being tallied, and discovered that “staff are still scanning on all five scanners.”
“Order is starting to break down -> Ralph newly re-scanned some ballots that had already been processed by Shaye,” he added shortly thereafter, referring to Fulton County Government registration chief Ralph Jones Sr.
Back in January, a top Fulton County Republican Party official called for Jones’ termination because of an alleged conflict of interest.
“In a Jan. 15 letter to Richard Barron, the department’s director, Trey Kelly, the party’s chair, stated Ralph Jones Sr., the department’s registration chief, should be fired because his son, Ralph Jones Jr., worked on the 2020 election campaign for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat,” the Marietta Daily Journal reported at the time.
“Kelly also stated Jones Sr. had a similar conflict of interest in 2017, when his son worked on the election campaign for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms,” the paper added.
Despite Jones’ alleged conflict of interest and all of Jones’ troubling observations, he remains confident that everything was on the up and up in Fulton County.
“Fulton was able to make their numbers zero out and there was nothing that should challenge the certification of this election,” he said to the AP.
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