State investigating whether ballot-harvesting broke law

A 2020 presidential ballot featuring President Donald J. Trump against Joe Biden (Photo by Joe Kovacs)
A 2020 presidential ballot featuring President Donald J. Trump against Joe Biden (Photo by Joe Kovacs)

Georgia, one of several swing states that ultimately were narrowly decided for Joe Biden to give him the presidential race victory in 2020, has now confirmed it is investigating a claim of “systemic ballot harvesting” and there may soon be subpoenas to secure evidence, according to a report from John Solomon at Just the News.

The report said the confirmation comes from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“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 report explained. “The U.S. Supreme Court this summer rejected Democrat efforts to overturn an Arizona law that outlawed harvesting in the battleground state.”

But Raffensperger in 2019 led an effort to strengthen Georgia’s ban on that activity, and fought off a campaign by Democrat lawyer Marc Elias, who often worked with the Clintons, to overturn the ban.

He’s also rejected claims of widespread fraud during the 2020 election.

Just the News reported it has reviewed interviews and documents showing Raffensperger got a “detailed complaint from conservative voter integrity group True the Vote on Nov. 30 saying it had assembled evidence that scores of activists worked with nonprofit groups to collect and deliver thousands of absentee ballots, often during wee-hour operations, to temporary voting drop boxes distributed around the state during the pandemic.”

Just the News reported that organization reported having evidence including video footage of drop box activity and geolocation data for cell phones of hundreds of activists seen on the tapes.

One witness reported he was paid thousands of dollars to harvest ballots in Atlanta for the November election as well as the January runoff races for Georgia’s two Senate seats, both of which were won by Democrats, the report said.

The legality of the ballots isn’t being questioned, but having them delivered by third parties would, in fact, violate state law, the report said.

Raffensperger confirmed to the John Solomon Reports podcast his office considers the complaints credible enough to investigate.

“We did deploy drop boxes that were under 24/7 surveillance, and because they were then that really, you know, can indicate who dropped that information off, and we’re really just going through that,” he said.

True the Vote declined comment, deferring to the state investigation.

The 2020 election in Georgia has raised eyebrows for some questionable practices, including a claim that a video showed suitcases of fake ballots pulled out from under a table in the Atlanta vote-counting center. The official explanation was that they were absentee ballots from real voters.

But officials have conceded vote-counting in the state’s largest county of Fulton experienced widespread mismanagement and irregularities in 2020.

That process now is being targeted for state receivership.

Just the News reported, “True the Vote’s complaint offered Raffensperger’s office access to what are characterized as detailed phone records and surveillance video it said would show as many as 242 people repeatedly made trips to the drop boxes to deliver ballots in what it described as a mass ‘ballot trafficking operation.’ The aspect of the complaint that the secretary’s office believed merited attention was the allegation the group had spoken to a man who admitted he and others engaged in ballot harvesting. ”

The report added,” Using a tactic increasingly used by the FBI and the intelligence community to solve crimes or national security threats, the group said it bought commercially available geospatial mobile device data showing the locations of suspected ballot harvesters’ cell phones in the vicinity of the ballot drop boxes at the times people appeared on the surveillance footage stuffing multiple ballots into a drop box.”

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