Next week Richard Jordan is to appear before the State Election Board. Anne Dover, Election Director of Cherokee County is pushing for him to be charged with Felonies - FOR ASKING ABOUT THE BARCODE which appears on ballots printed by the Dominion Voting systems machines.
Will the SEB go full "Fani Willis" and produce unconstitutional charges against a man simply asking how they know what the barcode says? Eyes across Georgia and across the nation will be watching closely.
(Update: The Georgia Record reached out to Cherokee Election Director, Ms. Anne Dover, for comment on the events of June 17th, 2022. In an email response, Ms. Dover cited personal issues and that she could not speak about an ongoing matter.)
On June 17th, 2022, Mr. Richard Jordan walked into the South Annex poll location in Woodstock to vote in the primary runoff election.
According to Mr. Jordan's account, he showed credentials to confirm his identity and was given a voting card to allow him to use the ballot marking device machine. He made his vote selection and printed out his ballot.
On his ballot he noted a barcode on the printed ballot. Mr. Jordan states he was approached by a poll worker and directed toward the tabulator to insert his ballot. He asked the poll worker how she could confirm that the bar code said the same thing as his vote choice. The poll worker replied she didn't know and Mr. Jordan asked to speak to the poll manager.
Mr. Jordan states he asked the poll manager the same question and the poll manager replied she didn't have any explanation on the barcode. After a few minutes the poll manager made a phone call and then handed the phone to Mr. Jordan.
He stood at a table in the poll area to complete the complaint form with his ballot resting on the table next to him. A few minutes later he was approached by a Woodstock police officer and asked if he was OK. He stated yes that he was voting. Mr. Jordan noted that his ballot was in full view and asked the police officer to step back so as not to violate his right to a confidential ballot. Mr. Jordan asked the officers to confirm their identifies and made notes. He completed the form, processed his ballot through the tabulator and exited the poll location to return to his car.
The Georgia Record has obtained bodycam footage of the incident which, in-part, documents the discussions of the officers, assistant poll manager, poll manager and several poll workers along with Mr. Jordan's actions. Mr. Jordan is seen below standing at a table filing out the complaint form he was given.
At one point in the video, a male, apparently a poll worker, states that “if I had a uniform I would have body-slammed that guy”, at which point the poll manager (he refers to her as Vicky") appears to motion the worker to stop speaking, perhaps because of the bodycam videos.
A few moments later one of the police officers notes that Mr. Jordan has left and states he doesn't want to go out and "antagonize him further."
A few days later Mr. Jordan was informed that Cherokee County Elections Department (Anne Dover) was alleging several criminal violations against him.
Interference with a Primaries and Elections Generally - Felony
Intimidation of Electors - Felony
Interfering with Poll Officers - Felony
Removal or Destruction of Election Supplies or Conveniences - Misdemeanor
Intentional Interference with Performance of Election Duties - Misdemeanor
These constitute 3 Felonies and 2 Misdemeanors, which if taken together, could carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and $200,000 in fines.
Since that time, Mr. Jordan, through open records requests and legal investigation, has obtained the bodycam videos of the two officers who came into the polling location and states that these two bodycam videos corroborate his account of the events.
Cherokee County Officials including Ms. Dover have been in the limelight in past months for a number of actions which seem to call into question their role as servants to the residents of Cherokee County.
Earlier in 2022, this same Cherokee Elections Director, Anne Dover, refused to provide copies of the Cherokee County Cast Vote Records report in response to multiple open records requests. (Cast vote records contain no personal identifying information and simply show what selections were made on each ballot. Most other Georgia Counties readily provided copies of the same report when requested. Why Ms. Dover refused access is still an open question.) The CVR report was finally provided after months of effort by multiple citizens.
No actual charges have been filed, although Ms. Dover has apparently referred the case to the Secretary of State.
Prof. David Clements spoke with Mr. Jordan and discussed the outrageous steps Dover has followed:
UPDATED with Ofc. Fernandez full bodycam.....
Ofc. Sauble full bodycam.......