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The drama in Fulton County, Georgia continues.
A court hearing began on Monday morning in Georgia regarding the audit of the Fulton County absentee ballots from the 2020 presidential election.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled that he is going to take the government’s motions under advisement and deliver a ruling at a later time.
“I think it’s important that I take a little bit of time to review it and think about it,” Amero said during a hearing.
Amero says he will issue an opinion as quickly as possible, but he feels the need to take some time to fully consider the arguments.
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) June 21, 2021
NEW: Judge Amero says he's not ruling today in Fulton inspection case, in part bc a flurry of last-minute filings.
"I'll try to get an order as quickly as I can. I feel the need to ruminate a little bit, to really understand a couple of the points that have been made." #gapol
— stephen fowler (@stphnfwlr) June 21, 2021
Originally filed in December, the lawsuit says there is evidence of fraudulent ballots and improper ballot counting in Fulton County.
As part of the suit, the nine Georgia voters who filed it are seeking to inspect some 147,000 absentee ballots to determine whether there are illegitimate ballots among them.
In April, Amero ordered the court clerk to release the scanned absentee ballot images.
At a hearing last month, Amero ordered that the paper ballots themselves be unsealed so that the petitioners who filed the lawsuit can inspect and scan them.
Amero had scheduled a meeting for May 28 but lawyers for the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections filed a last-minute motion to the court to dismiss the election fraud case brought by Garland Favorito and others before the forensic audit is launched.
At the time, Amero granted a delay to hear motions filed by Fulton County.
The upcoming review will look at about 147,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County.
The case also alleges sharp vote increases for Biden late on election night in Fulton County, a heavily Democratic county.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has also made a total reversal.
After several stunts, insulting comments about Donald Trump, and even coming out against election audits, Raffensperger has now changed his tune.
After Judge Amero ruled all 147,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County can be analyzed, Raffensperger came out in support of the effort.
Raffensperger spoke with the New York Times and voiced his support for the forensic audit.
Below is a partial transcript of the interview:
So why support this most recent order to inspect ballots?
So from Day 1, I’ve encouraged Georgians who have concerns about the elections in their counties to pursue those claims through legal avenues. Frankly, Fulton County has a longstanding history of election mismanagement that has weakened voter faith in the system.
And I’m very grateful that S.B. 202 [the state’s new voting law] strengthens the ability of the secretary of state’s office to hold counties accountable. I think that’s a good thing.
Amero has called for a motion to unseal ballots after suspicious discrepancies were found.
During a hearing, VoterGA.org lawyers “described large discrepancies (21%) between the number of ballot batches reported by the GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger who certified the election and the number of ballot batches actually provided by court-ordered access in the previous April hearing in the case.”