Georgia poll workers were captured on security cameras pulling suitcases filled with ballots from underneath tables and counting them after they ejected Republican observers on election night.
The incriminating video, dubbed “suitcasegate” was obtained by President Donald Trump’s legal team, and became the focal point of discussion at Georgia Senate hearings at the State Capitol on Thursday.
Trump’s lawyers, led by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, presented evidence of alleged widespread election fraud in the state.
Jackie Pick, volunteer attorney for the Trump legal team, said a woman with blonde braids told workers at the State Farm Arena’s vote-tabulation center in Fulton County, Georgia to leave ballot counting at around 10 p.m., but at midnight four poll workers came back, retrieved the hidden suitcases and started scanning ballots until about 1:00 a.m.
“Everyone clears out, including the Republican observers and the press, but four people stay behind and continue counting and tabulating well into the night,” said Pick, who noted that their actions contravene state and county law.
“The same person that stayed behind, the person that cleared the place out under the pretense that we are going to stop counting is the person who put the table there at 8:22 in the morning. I saw four suitcases come out from underneath the table,” Pick noted.
Each box holds about 6,000 ballots which would total about 24,000 votes. Pick argued that based on the number of potential ballots, it is “beyond the margin of victory” in the presidential race because three scanners—which can carry out several thousand ballot processes per hour—were working several hours that night. This process, she said, “goes on, and on, and on” until the early morning hours.
Ray Smith, the lead counsel in Georgia for the Trump campaign, said the president’s attorneys were preparing to file legal action in the state alleging widespread voting fraud and voting irregularities, as well as numerous violations of the law.
Smith listed a number of allegedly fraudulent activities in during the election, including:
— 2,506 felons voting
— “66,248 underage, and therefore ineligible, people” who illegally registered to vote “before their 17th birthday, when the law requires 17-and-a-half years old”
— “At least 2,423 individuals” voted who were “not listed as registered”
— “1,043 individuals to cast ballots” who illegally registered to vote using a post office box
— 4,926 people who registered to vote after the state’s voter registration date, “thereby canceling their Georgia voter registration”
— 10,315 “or more individuals who were deceased by the time of the election”
— 395 people “who had cast ballots in another state, which is illegal in both states”
— 15,700 people who filed a “national change of address” with the postal service prior to the Nov. 3 election date
— 40,279 people who had moved from one county to the next “at least 30 days prior” to the election without properly registering to vote in their new location, which is a violation of state law
The legal action contesting the results of the election “will include affidavits of more than 100 Georgia voters, sworn under penalty of perjury, attesting to and confirming multiple violations of the Georgia election code,” Smith said.
Giuliani also introduced evidence that there were ‘231,188 ballots together with no return record at all and you were able to cancel 134,000 of those, but you kept 96,600 votes where there was no return record for them’.
“What would that suggest?” he asked. “Phantom votes.”
Giuliani urged legislators in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee not to certify the election results and asked them to use their constitutional power to appoint Georgia’s electors.
Fulton County Elections Office issued the following statement regarding the fraud allegations:
“Elections are among the most important services delivered by counties across Georgia. Fulton County is home to 10% of Georgia voters. We take the responsibility of protecting the vote seriously and have invested every possible resource into ensuring a free, fair and transparent election in compliance with all applicable laws.
To date we are aware of no credible reports of voter fraud or wrongdoing in Fulton County. Any credible report of such activity will be investigated and addressed as provided by Georgia law.”
The president said Thursday Attorney General Bill Barr “should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil; he thought it was civil. This is not civil; this is criminal stuff. This is very bad criminal stuff.”