September 17, 2021 18:29

Fulton County election officials counted ballots for hours on election night after telling media and observers they were shutting down

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — David Shafer, the chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, took to Twitter Monday to suggest election officials in Fulton Country pulled a fast one on election night.

Shafer said county election officials told “the media and our observers that they were  shutting down the tabulation center at State Farm Arena at 10:30 p.m. on election night only to continue counting ballots in secret until 1:00 a.m.”

He continued, “No one disputes that Fulton County elections officials falsely announced that the counting of ballots would stop at 10:30 p.m. No one disputes that Fulton County elected officials unlawfully resumed the counting of ballots after our observers left the center.”

Richard Barron, the head of the Fulton County Elections, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he sent home just about all his workers at about 10:30 p.m. on election night. The paper said GOP observers “thought all was done for the night.” But a handful of counters stayed until 1 a.m., along with a state observer, to tally the votes. Barron told the paper that the GOP was welcome to observe.

Shafer said media outlets are “gaslighting you” when they claim there was no evidence of “irregularities in the election.”

President Trump has taken a keen interest in the Peach State and tapped Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who retweeted Shafer’s post, to head a recount effort. Collins said he is confident of “improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove” Trump won the state.

Fulton County on Saturday began re-scanning some votes first counted Friday. County officials said they noticed some ballots had not been counted or scanned properly. County spokesperson Jessica Corbitt said workers are rescanning the batch of ballots in question and they would repost the results later, Fox reported.

The paper reported that Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who both face runoffs that could determine the fate of the Republican Party in the Senate, called on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign.

“The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me,” he said. “As Secretary of State, I’ll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts, and that illegal votes don’t count.”

The New York Times reported that Raffensperger appointed a monitor to oversee the county, which the paper said he called, “one of our longtime problem Democrat-run counties.”

Shafer and Raffensperger did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News.

The Trump 2020 Campaign and the Republican Party of Georgia filed a lawsuit in the state Wednesday, alleging that officials in a Democratic-leaning county were counting ballots for the presidential race that were received after polls closed Tuesday.


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