This story is developing...
We wrote several weeks ago about multiple counties in Georgia voting for a hand recount of the May 24th primary, where Establishment GOP candidates won handily with totals far ahead of where they were polling, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger especially.
Today, the Cherokee County Board of Elections declined to vote for a hand recount after threat of financial consequences by County Election Board Attorney Ann Brumbaugh.
If a county elections board can't make its own decision away from legal threats from the Georgia judicial system and the Secretary of State, then why have an elections board at all?
We have reached out to the County Attorney's office for comment.
Here is the audio of Attorney Brumbaugh's comments at the hearing.
You be the judge.
There is MUCH more reporting to come on this...
Below is a report from the Georgia Election Audit Update Telegram channel.
Cherokee Co., Georgia
BOE Meeting - 8/1 - 9:30am
Despite some brave people speaking truth this AM, unfortunately the meeting soured after a bit of deliberation by the BoE.
The (seemingly) highly partisan attorney came out and spoke, saying that the board should NOT advance a vote for hand recount, under threat of personal financial penalty ($5k per ballot counted) and potential dissolution of the board by the SOS.
In turn, if the BOE were to be dissolved, the SOS could appoint a single person to run/control the "board" going forward. This is due to the recent? SB202 legislation that passed.
The chairman, Alan Shinall, agreed to a motion to NOT hold a vote, [initiated by Rachel Kinsey], based on the information delivery from the attorney and stated a "fact" that the initial recount only yielded a 2% difference. The motion was seconded by Donald Sams and the only not in favor was Mike Byrd, to Mr. Shinall's left. Despite the overall tremendous letdown, the crowd erupted in cheers and celebration of Mr. Byrd's courage.
Most everyone in attendance quickly left thereafter, in effect, disregarding the board and their continued meeting altogether.