The enigma surrounding the highly suspicious election night events in Fulton County, Georgia has only deepened.
“Just The News,” which obtained internal communications from Fulton County election staff, has provided us with newly discovered major bombshell emails.
On Election Night, as you might remember, the counting at a ballot processing facility at Fulton County’s State Farm Arena abruptly halted, leading to widespread suspicion.
However, it appears that ballot-scanning persisted even after the majority of election staff were officially sent home.
It’s All In The News.
Two sworn affidavits from Election Night poll workers alleged that at about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 3, an official told workers to stop working and come back the next day at 8:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, about a half-dozen local and national news outlets announced that absentee ballot counting ended around 10:30 p.m. and will begin the next day. The knowledge was quoted in several publications by county spokeswoman Regina Waller.
Counting at the State Farm Arena, on the other hand, went on past 10:30 p.m., until the majority of the workers had left. In December, Waller told Only the News that she had “stated to all media… that while many employees were released to go home, a small team stayed behind to assist with scanning ballots,” despite various media reports.
It’s unclear why the point seems to have escaped the notice of the media.
Just the News received the emails via open records request this weekend, and Waller appears to suggest that the ballot-counting team dispersed around 10:30 p.m.
“The staff in the Absentee Ballot Processing area will get underway again at 8 am tomorrow,” Waller wrote in an email sent at 10:22 p.m. on Nov. 3 and addressed to several county officials as well as State Farm Arena spokesman Garin Narain. Waller goes on to insist that news crews be accommodated so that they can get live shots of the counting the next day.
Another email received by Just the News, according to the article, adds to the confusion around the timetable for ballot counting on Election Night.
Fulton County Interagency Affairs Manager Fran Phillips-Calhoun wrote to Waller and some other county employees at 11:15 p.m. that night:
“FYI – [the Secretary of State’s office] just sort of threw the team under the bus stating that ‘we had a great day, but we decided to throw in the towel for the night even though the public is waiting…’ on results.”
Phillips-Calhoun did not indicate which message she was responding to from the Secretary of State’s office. Requests for comment from the county employee were not returned.
In addition to Fulton County officials’ ambiguous messages on Election Night, the procedure at State Farm Arena was complicated by two sworn affidavits from ballot watchers, whose testimony, provided under penalty of perjury, seems to affirm at least some controversial aspects of the news coverage from that night.
Michelle Branton, Georgia Republican Party Field Organizer, said that about 10:30 p.m.
“a woman [in the ballot-processing room] yelled to everyone to stop working and to return the next day at 8:30 a.m.”
“Nearly all of the staff workers” According to Branton, only a limited number of staff remained in the arena after that order, one of whom was Regina Waller.