Georgia Secretary of State Finally Calls for Action on Fulton County Election 'Failures'

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Remember during all the election hullabaloo last year, when people were trying to figure out what had gone down in Georgia, the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was infuriated that anyone would raise questions about the election in his state. The election in Georgia, Raffensperger assured us was “safe, secure, honest.”

People questioned that at the time and now there are still concerns that Tucker Carlson raised last night on his show about Fulton County, Georgia. Carlson highlighted two of the major concerns: that ballot images showed votes were scanned twice and that seven audit tally sheets showed falsified totals. Now, one can try to make excuses for ballots being scanned twice, although as Tucker showed, there was video of it being done repeatedly. What’s hard to get around is the falsified tally sheets. As he explained they would show, for example, a distribution of votes with some going to Joe Biden, some to President Donald Trump, and some to Jo Jorgensen. But then it would be tallied as all for Biden. What’s the explanation for that? It doesn’t seem like there could be any innocent explanation for that.

Now Raffensperger appears to be raising some questions of his own about Fulton County.

“Fulton County’s continued failures have gone on long enough with no accountability,” Raffensperger said. “Rick Barron and Ralph Jones, Fulton’s registration chief, must be fired and removed from Fulton’s elections leadership immediately. Fulton’s voters and the people of Georgia deserve better.”

To translate that — he’s calling for the firing of Fulton County’s elections director, Rick Barron, and the county’s registration chief Ralph Jones.

That sure sounds like a turnaround from “safe, secure, and honest.” So it sounds like he’s now accepting that there are issues at least with the conduct of the election in Fulton County. Nice of him to wait this long to acknowledge it. Where the heck was he last year, when he was saying there were no issues? It’s more than a little bit late to try to backtrack now on the issue.

Needless to say, his statement sparked a lot of anger from people that had that very same question. So if he was hoping to curry any favor with the Trump-supporting base, it actually did the opposite.