Georgia judge indicates willingness to unseal Fulton County absentee ballots for review

Former President Donald Trump raised serious allegations of ballot fraud and irregularities in the wake of the 2020 election, particularly in Georgia, where the alleged fraud and irregularities were believed to have been sufficient to flip the predominately Republican state for Joe Biden.

While the allegations were roundly dismissed by the media and state authorities, a judge in Georgia just announced that he is considering unsealing Fulton County’s absentee ballots to allow a watchdog group to review them, the Washington Examiner reported.

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero is overseeing the case of a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court by voter integrity advocate Garland Favorito and his watchdog group, VOTER GA, who allege that fraud and procedural irregularities plagued the ballot-counting process in the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Nov. 3-4.

Georgia law mandates that ballots be sealed following an election, but Favorito has requested that the ballots in Fulton County be unsealed so that an independent team he hired can conduct a thorough review.

Outside review of ballots

Judge Amero indicated during a hearing Monday that he was leaning toward allowing the ballots to be unsealed and reviewed, provided there was a solid plan in place to maintain the secrecy and security of those ballots by Favorito’s team, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“We want to do this in such a way that dispels rumors and disinformation and sheds light,” Amero said. “The devil’s in the details.”

The judge expressed his wish to see a detailed plan presented that would include information on who would be reviewing the unsealed ballots, in what manner they would be analyzed, and the steps that would be taken to protect the secrecy of the ballots.

He also raised the possibility of issuing a protective order prohibiting Favorito’s team from disclosing what it learned without the court’s authorization as well as appointing a “special master,” likely a retired judge, to personally oversee the entire process.

“I can’t sign an order until such time as I’m satisfied that the manner and method (of review) proposed by the petitioners is reasonable,” Amero said.

Trump renews fraud allegations

Meanwhile, former President Trump reiterated his belief that the final results were marred by rampant fraud and irregularities in a statement regarding a substantial correction from The Washington Post about an earlier story on the Georgia election aftermath, The Federalist reported.

“Fulton County has not been properly audited for vote or signature verification,” Trump said in the statement. “They only looked at areas of the State where there most likely would be few problems, and even there they found large numbers of mistakes. We are seeking to find and reveal the large-scale election fraud which took place in Georgia.”

There were limited audits and recounts in parts of Georgia following the election, but while state election officials have insisted those efforts proved everything was legitimate, there remains plenty of skepticism that alleged fraud and irregularities did indeed occur and had a significant impact on the results of the election.

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