David Belle Isle is a Georgia Republican, the former Mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia from 2012 to 2018 and served on the Alpharetta City Council from 2006 to 2010. He lost a runoff election for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State to Brad Raffensperger, the destroyer of free and fair elections in Georgia.
Belle Isle is running for Georgia Secretary of State again in a primary next year against Raffensperger, a man who to the astonishment of everyone in Georgia, doesn’t yet know he is finished in Republican politics in The Peach State. After what he did in the 2020 election, there’s a better chance of Joe Biden turning down a free ice cream cone than Raffensperger winning.
Belle Isle put in a request to Raffensperger’s office for election records called an Open Records Request, which he has a right to do for a fee. His response was something he never expected. Raffensperger’s office wants to charge Belle Isle over $100,000 for the records requested with a timeline wait of over six months.
Raffensperger’s office estimated that Belle Isle’s open records request would total up to $105,879 with a 230 business days wait, along with a notice that the Secretary of State’s office wouldn’t be able to meet all of Belle Isle’s requirements.
Incidentally, the 230 day timeframe would put delivery of the data in June, around two weeks after the Secretary of State primary election that is scheduled to take place on May 24, 2022. Tell me that’s not a political decision.
Belle Isle said the cost given by Raffensperger’s office is “unreasonable” and 230 days he described as “laughable.” Remember, an open records request is available by law for any Georgia citizen to request, and Belle Isle said it would take an average Georgian three and a half years to pay over $105,000.
“What we’re asking for is what any reasonable person, certainly in [Raffensperger’s] shoes, should have already looked at to determine whether or not to investigate further in Georgia’s elections and determine whether they’re actually secured or if there’s fraud that needs to be found and eliminated,” Belle Isle said. “We’re not asking unusual questions or anything that someone in his position shouldn’t already be in search of.”
But Raffensperger isn’t in search of anything. He has been accused of helping the Democrats cheat in the 2020 election by entering into a consent decree with Democrat sore loser Stacey Abrams that allegedly helped Democrats cheat with ballot signature verification.
From Breitbart News:
Belle Isle in June requested, per a formal Open Records Request, items such as chain of custody documents for drop boxes and surveillance video footage. The full list of Belle Isle’s requests, filed on June 18, is as follows:
1. From the General Election held on November 3, 2020 (hereinafter “2020 General Election”), all written or recorded reports, complaints, requests for investigation, regarding signatures of electors on absentee ballots, envelopes, or voter registration for Fulton, Cobb, Dekalb, and Clayton counties;
2. All reports, records, transfer documents, custody documents, memoranda, notes, written or recorded statements, and any other document or relevant correspondence concerning all chain-of-custody records for every absentee ballot drop box authorized in Georgia for the 2020 General Election;
3. All surveillance videos of every authorized absentee ballot drop box utilized during the 2020 General Election;
4. All correspondence, both paper and electronic, received by negotiation or otherwise by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office in exchange for the Secretary’s consent to the March 6, 2020 Compromise Settlement Agreement And Release in the lawsuit between Democratic Party of Georgia, Inc. (“DPG”), the DSCC, and the DCCC), as Plaintiff, and Brad Raffensperger, Rebecca N. Sullivan, David J. Worley, Seth Harp, and Anh Le, as Defendants.
5. All surveillance videos of the Georgia World Congress Center for the dates of November 3, 2020, and November 4, 2020.
6. All reports, records, and tabulations of absentee ballots received by the Secretary of State’s office during the 2020 General Election.
7. All reports, records, and tabulations of absentee ballots envelopes received by the Secretary of State’s office during the 2020 General Election.
8. All official correspondence to and from the Secretary of State, both paper and electronic, to and from Dominion Voting Systems (hereinafter “Dominion”) or any person associated with Dominion regarding the 2020 General Election.
9. All correspondence, both paper and electronic, regarding any of the following: (1) all official audits of the Dominion ballot marking devices (hereinafter referred to as “BMD”); (2) any relationship between Dominion and Pro V&V; (3) the number of BMDs examined by the Secretary of State; and (4) the extent to which such BMDs were examined.
10. To the extent not previously requested herein, each and every document pertaining to all reports prepared by any expert or election official regarding: (1) the accuracy and performance of BMDs and (2) all reports of any person who investigated BMDs or absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.
The high figure comes from two separate estimates. The first was for $42,238.50 with an explanation of what the office could and couldn’t provide and did not give any breakdown of the costs. Belle Isle then submitted a follow up request six days later on June 29, this time trying to get more specific items. He got a reply estimate of $63,658.50 and again, no breakdown of costs. I honestly don’t think they know what they’re doing in Raffensperger’s office.
Belle Isle said that in the manner the responses were given there is no way of knowing if any of the costs overlapped. And the Secretary of State’s Office doesn’t appear to be helpful in the least.
The challenger then said he saw the price tag and timeframe given as a pattern of obstruction.
“We’re just going to have to be able to find it through other means. We’re not willing to put up 100-something-thousand dollars and wait till after the election to see it through,” he said. “We’re not even sure what the quality of information he would produce [would be] at that point anyways. But what we’re clearly seeing is a pattern of obstructing the truth. … There’s been a roadblock at every single turn and that’s got to stop.”
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After the way Raffensperger’s office ran the 2020 election, then tried to sandbag former President Donald Trump by releasing cherry-picked parts of a phone conversation to make it appear that Trump was asking Raffensperger to cheat, which was clearly a lie, I would not put it past his office to reply in such a manner as to make it difficult for Belle Isle to get information that could sink Raffensperger’s attempt to win the primary. But Belle Isle is still a Georgia citizen who has the right to the data requested in a timely manner without exorbitant costs.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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