by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 30, 2020) — Members of the Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee and a subcommittee are holding a hearing Wednesday morning with witness testimony on issues arising from the November 3 presidential election.
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After a witness of Cobb County ballot-counting during the election and two subsequent recounts expressed doubt about 298 military ballots she reported having observed as approximately “90% for Biden,” a legislator countered with the “99.99%” accuracy report from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger after a signature audit was completed in the county.
At 11:50 a.m. ET, legislators played a video for a different witness who said she observed the “shredding” of ballots in Jim Miller Park on November 20 and that the video was one she took as it occurred.
Georgia law requires ballots to be maintained on file for “22 months,” a lawmaker said following the witness’s description of what she observed. As with the previous witness, she said she reported the issue to Raffensberger’s office but received no response. She added that she reported the incident to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
The same witness said that on the day Cobb County’s vote was “certified,” an incorrect number appeared on a placard for members of the public to ask election questions or file complaints.
A third witness who said she worked as an observer on Election Day said she would “cede to Rudy Giuliani at any time” and that Republicans were shut out of the ballot-counting process. She, too, said she reported ballot-“shredding” to 911 and the Board of Elections.
The GBI’s oversight of Cobb County’s signature audit was invalid, the woman said, her voice shaking with emotion as she faulted elected representatives for failing to take action on hers and others’ allegations of election fraud.
She said that “In Jim Miller Park, you can’t even take a phone in there now.” Her passionate statement punctuating her testimony that she considers herself “a patriot” elicited a cheer from the audience.
At 12:09, the chairman called a five-minute recess.