Since 1960 any state elections that include federal officials must keep all of the records for 22 months. Georgia voted for the president, 2 US Senators, and the complete contingent of House members in 2020, therefore the records should have been preserved. However, several counties have deleted all of their records, including the video on the drop boxes. That is a clear violation of federal law.
The counties claim that in the emergency rules issued by the State Elections Board, they only had to preserve the information for 30 days. Georgia AG Brad Raffensperger has been complicit in keeping information about election fraud There is no way on God’s green earth that Raffensperger should be leading this investigation. Gov Brian Kemp must appoint a special prosecutor to do the investigation.
John Solomon at Just the News reported this evening:
Georgia authorities have launched an investigation into an allegation of systematic ballot harvesting during the state’s 2020 general election and subsequent U.S. Senate runoff and may soon issue subpoenas to secure evidence, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed to Just the News.
Georgia law strictly prohibits third-party activists from picking up and delivering ballots on behalf of voters, a tactic called “harvesting” that liberal organizers have tried to get legalized in many battleground states without success. The U.S. Supreme Court this summer rejected Democrat efforts to overturn an Arizona law that outlawed harvesting in the battleground state.
Raffensperger did successfully beat back an attempted lawsuit that would have allowed ballot harvesting in the state, but other than that he has proved to be as worthless as a milk bucket under a bull.
Raffensperger even tried to find President Trump guilty of trying to make the AG do things illegally in order to toss the election results. He then erased the tape so that no one would know he had selectively edited it. But, then a copy of the call was found on another computer and that proved that Trump did nothing illegal under the law.
Just the News reported:
Since 1960, federal civil rights law has required state and local election officials to “retain and preserve” records relating to elections involving federal officeholders for 22 months after ballots are cast.
That would seem to be a good thing as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger embarks on an investigation into whether third-party liberal activists in 2020 illegally gathered and delivered absentee ballots for voters — a practice known as harvesting that is outlawed in the Peach State.
But some of Georgia’s largest counties tell Just the News that they no longer possess evidence that could be helpful to probing the harvesting allegations: video camera surveillance footage that monitored the drop boxes installed around Georgia to help voters cast ballots during the pandemic.
Election officials in several counties say the reason they discarded the footage is that the emergency rules issued by the State Elections Board said they only needed to keep the footage for 30 days after the election.
“We took direction from the Secretary of State and State Election Board, assuming they were not implementing a Rule contrary to law,” said the Cobb County elections office, which acknowledged it deleted its video footage from 2020. “Drop boxes were established under an emergency order from the Governor.”
Fulton County, home to Atlanta and the state’s largest voting metropolis, said it too has long since deleted the files.
Hey, Kemp. Do Your job. Appoint an independent investigator.