The election integrity group called VoterGA has make a shocking discovery.
After filing an Open Records Requests, they found that there has been alleged destruction of ballot images from the 2020 election in Georgia.
74 Georgia counties failed to produce the images, the group says.
It also found that 56 counties confirmed “most or all of the images” had been destroyed. These images are reportedly “crucial for election records.”
These records should be easily stored on compact flash memory cards for those who in vote in person.
Images are stored on flash drives for ballots that were mailed in.
VoterGA is working towards its mission to help ensure a more secure election process next cycle.
The images were automatically created by Dominion Voting Systems machines for tabulating votes.
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After the elections, the most populated counties use scanners to transfer the images to the Election Management Server. Less populated counties manually upload the flash drives and cards to the server.
According to Just the News, federal law requires these images to be kept for 22 months post-election. In Georgia, state law dictates that the images be kept for 24 months.
Despite that, the election integrity group said the images are nowhere to be seen just 12 months after the 2020 presidential election.
“At least 28 counties admitted having no original images at all and 22 of those counties only had recount images that some claimed are the same as originals,” VoterGA said.
Even if the recount images are the same as the originals, VoterGA said they are not as useful. Recount images lack original timestamps and meta data that the original images have.
For that reason, Just the News reported recount images are invalid for audits since “they can be changed by tampering between scans.”
The mere fact that many counties could not provide ballot images does not necessarily mean the election results were inaccurate. However, it does cast even more doubt on an already suspect election process in Georgia.