With just 11,779 votes out of almost 5 million votes cast separating Joe Biden and Donald Trump in the final tally in Georgia for the 2020 presidential election, the southern state and specifically Fulton County—the state’s most populous county and the home to the Democrat-heavy city of Atlanta—grew a focal point after the November general election.
After a recount and audit approved Biden carried the state, politicians and the press joined forces declaring, “Nothing to see here, move along.”
Though there was a lot to see there and elsewhere throughout the nation: It was just hidden or, in some cases, destroyed. And while nothing will change the reality that Joe Biden is President, election integrity matters, and Kemp’s letter is just the latest evidence that it has to be shored up in America.
An analysis of the “2020 Risk-Limiting Audit Report” data showed “36 inconsistencies” in the Fulton County audit, Kemp announced in his November 17, 2021 letter to the Georgia State Election Board members. The letter explained that these “inconsistencies” were uncovered, not by an election official, but by a retired corporate executive and resident of the Peach State, Joseph Rossi.
Rossi’s analysis compared the official audit data published by the secretary of state’s office to pictures of the underlying ballots provided by the county in response to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s open records request. Moreover, before referring the matter to the Election Board, the letter revealed that Kemp’s “office tested the veracity of his work by independently repeating the research Mr. Rossi conducted on each of his 36 claims,” and that analysis confirmed Rossi’s review.
“The data that exists in public view on the Secretary of State’s website of the [Risk-Limiting Audit] Report does not inspire confidence,” Kemp maintained, remarking “It is sloppy, inconsistent, and presents questions about what processes were used by Fulton County to arrive at the result.” Kemp then recommended the Election Board review Rossi’s findings, determine what negatively affected the integrity of the audit report, and review the audit methodology used throughout the state.
Kemp’s letter, while damning, doesn’t do justice to how troubling the “36 inconsistencies” revealed are. Those inconsistencies are not conflicts relating to 36 different votes, yet to 36 different categories of votes. Among other things, the analysis was originally undertaken by Rossi, and then confirmed by Kemp’s office, which revealed that the audit report included duplicates for 20 groups of votes.