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Georgia Election Memo Shows Chain Of Custody Problems

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has a lot of explaining to do after Just The News released a 29-page report from a Fulton County contractor hired to monitor the 2020 election. The monitor, Carter Jones, who worked for Seven Hill Strategies (SHS), wrote the information delivered to Raffensperger shortly after the 2020 election.

While Raffensperger was on social media and primetime news claiming the Georgia election to be above reproach, Carter Jones sent a 29-page memo highlighting that the election in Fulton County, Georgia’s largest county, “seems like a massive chain of custody problem.”

The 29-page “memo” is titled “State Election Board Report – November 13, 2020, Unabridged Notes Detailing Everything Witnessed Nov 2-Nov 7, 2020.” The entire list of issues that Carter Jones witnessed during the Georgia 2020 General Election is included inside the document.

Carter Jones arrived at the Fulton County warehouse at 8:17 p.m. on November 2 after “receiving reports all afternoon of election materials not being delivered to polling precincts in a timely manner (or at all), SHS [received] guidance from Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs to go to the English Street warehouse, the location from which the Fulton team was distributing poll pads and other election materials.”

The memo shows from 8:17 p.m. on November 2 until 1:00 a.m. on November 3, when he finally went home; Carter Jones noticed 14 incidents that raised questions. If it was secure, there shouldn’t even have been one.

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For Example, the day before the election, his notes highlight disturbing suspicious and negligent activity:

  • “Many bags of poll pads and other election materials have not been packed yet, and paperwork is not matching up (e.g., JC09). … Fulton has not prepared their shipment even if they had someone to ship it.
  •  “10:05 p.m. – I speak with Johnny Harris, who says that all this chaos with the poll pads was caused by getting a flawed file from the Secretary of State’s office that didn’t mark/remove anyone who had voted during early voting, so they were having to [update] them all the way until now instead of on Saturday. Ran this by Ryan and Jordan, so say “easy to disprove.”
  • Constant issue is that there isn’t poll pad paperwork to match with the full/loaded cases.
  • SS15 set aside to be picked up, but was suspiciously light.
  • Opening it revealed that it was empty. It was never filled.
  • “Learn that Rick reprogramming poll pads earlier was setting up a new precinct for SC11 because someone took the wrong suitcase but only took one.
  • It seems to be a mystery who this person was. Should have chain of custody paperwork!! That means that a stranger just walked out with sensitive election materials?
  • Several cases (including SC11) were just left out on the loading dock outside the warehouse. Thankfully the seals were intact.”

This was on November 2, before the General Election took place. However, with this amount of neglect to safeguarding our election process and equipment, it is no wonder Georgia looks to be headed to an Arizona-type forensic audit.

By 4:00 p.m. on election day November 3, Carter Jones writes, “Too many ballots coming in for secure black ballot boxes. They are moving them over from Pryor St. in rolling bins 2k 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.” From Jones’ claims, this wasn’t happening.

Jones noticed that poll watchers watched him “closely” and decided to introduce himself to help ease their concerns. He writes, “In the course of conversation, I ask one if he had seen anything out of the ordinary today and was told, “We weren’t informed of your role here, so it’s not our place to tell you anything. He then called me a ‘traitor’…whatever that means.”

  • 11:26 p.m. – “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.”

Jones refers to Shaye earlier in the report as someone who is “definitely a subject matter expert.”

  • 11:52 p.m. I arrive at State Farm Arena and report to Ryan Germany and Deputy Secretary Jordan Fuchs that staff are still scanning on all five scanners. “The media just packed up when I released all the staff opening and sorting ballots,” Shaye told me.

Carter Jones also took issue with the temporary workers from Happy Faces, who were brought in to help with the ballots. He writes on November 4, “Matthew Mashburn from the SEB calls to my attention that 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*** sh** 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.”

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After assigning the two in question to an area of the ballot process where they could do the least possible harm, he writes, “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*** sh** up?”

Raffensperger responded to Just The News’ reporting saying, “It is no secret that Fulton has had issues in their elections department for decades, which is why I insisted on a state monitor being present to be eyes and ears on the ground.” It seems that Georgia may need a forensic audit of the 2020 election.

 

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Marmee has been around grassroots politics all of her life. Being a stay-at-home mom, she knew she had a voice that needed to be heard. She is raising the next generation while fighting for her own. Email : marmee@tatumreport.com




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