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Georgia Poll Observers Say They Were Effectively Told to Go Home

Several poll observers in Georgia said under penalty of perjury that they were effectively told to go home on election night before ballot counting resumed for several hours with no observers present.

Republican poll observers Mitchell Harrison and Michelle Branton said in affidavits that at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 inside an absentee ballot-counting room at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, a woman shouted to everyone to stop working and return the following morning at 8:30 a.m.

“This lady had appeared through the night and Mitchell and I believed her to be the supervisor,” Branton wrote in an affidavit.

Following the instruction, nearly all workers left, except a handful of people. All ballot counting stopped.

The poll observers were the only outsiders left, along with a Fox News crew. Harrison spent some time seeking answers from Regina Waller, the Fulton County’s public affairs manager for elections, but she refused to answer his questions, he said in an affidavit.

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