Georgia Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ordered a forensic audit by independent experts of 147,000 mail-in ballots counted in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta. It’s no wonder that an audit was called for. Several unusual data points indicate that further investigation is necessary. Shockingly few mail-in ballots were rejected for invalid signatures, and the overwhelming majority of those ballots were counted in favor of Biden.
Trump’s team sought to monitor the initial post-election sham review of ballots in Fulton County, but anti-Trump officials blocked access by Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Review of illegitimate mail-in ballots should have been open not only to Meadows, but to the entire public as Democrats ran up an implausible 244,000-vote overall county margin for Biden there. Such a blatant disregard for election transparency is the number one indicator of election inconsistency.
Election integrity is a matter of enormous public concern. It should never be swept under the rug simply because the media declares one side to have won. This issue confounds the Never-Trumpers, who fail to support election audits like this one in Georgia and the Republican review of many Arizona Maricopa County ballots.
These election audits in Georgia and Arizona are an important part of restoring America’s faith in our electoral system. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll demonstrates that most Republicans still view Donald Trump as the true winner of the presidential election. This independent poll confirms that 61% of Republicans feel that the last election was stolen, and the same number do not think that mail-in ballots are counted accurately.
Only by having fair and open reviews can we hope to root out and address any possible problems with the systems in the various states. If an honest audit turns up no signs of foul play, that’s all the better. However, every state should be open to an honest review of their electoral practices. We all need to be willing to improve the systems that secure the vote for every American, whether that means more transparency, photo voter ID, or more restrictions on mail-in voting.