President Donald Trump, on Tuesday night, Jan. 5, suggested that a big “voter dump” was poured in for Democratic candidates in Georgia’s Senate runoff elections as vote counting continues.
“Looks like they are setting up a big “voter dump” against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?” the president tweeted.
According to Fox News, Republican David Perdue held a small lead against Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff with about 95% votes in. Democrat Raphael Warnock narrowly led Sen. Kelly Loeffler as of Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Chatham County announced that they stopped counting votes for the night following a decision of the state Superior Court Judge James Bass of Chatham County to extend voting hours at two Chatham County polling locations due to technical issues.
According to local journalist Stephen Moody of ABC affiliate WJCL News, “The board of elections annex building is empty. Workers say they’ll be back at 8 a.m. Still, thousands of votes to be counted here.”
UPDATE: just confirmed. Chatham County is done counting votes for the night.
The board of elections annex building is empty. Workers say they’ll be back at 8 a.m.
Still thousands of votes to be counted here. @WJCLNews
— Stephen Moody WJCL (@StephenWJCL) January 6, 2021
Newsmax’s Michelle Malkin reported that Chatham County was a recipient of over $500,000 from Zuckerberg last September.
“Republicans who sat by and did NOTHING to stop the Zuckerberg Heist/@helloctcl hijacking of our elections deserve everything they get,” Malkin wrote. “So Chatham County GA election officials have stopped counting votes until 8 a.m. tomorrow! You should know that Zuckerberg/@helloctcl gave Chatham County GA officials a half-million-dollar private Big Tech grant in September to run public elections.”
So Chatham County GA election officials have stopped counting votes until 8am tomorrow! You should know that Zuckerberg/@helloctcl gave Chatham County GA officials a half-million dollar private Big Tech grant in September to run public elections.https://t.co/wAMa5zxebq
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 6, 2021
Voting Systems Implementation Manager for Georgia Gabriel Sterling said, “Chatham County didn’t just stop. They completed the counting of everything they have in. That includes Election Day, Advanced, & all of the absentees they had in. The last left will be the absentee by mail that came in today.”
Earlier in the day, Georgia experienced several troubling issues similar to those that led to widespread voter fraud accusations during the Nov. 3 election.
“Reports are coming out of the 12th Congressional District of Georgia that Dominion Machines are not working in certain Republican Strongholds for over an hour. Ballots are being left in lockboxes. Hopefully, they count them. Thank you, Congressman @RickAllen!” President Trump wrote in a tweet.
Additionally, Republican poll watchers claimed that they were being blocked from overseeing absentee ballots and verifying signatures—a problem that occurred in virtually all battleground states on Nov. 3.
Fulton County, GA. has BLOCKED our credentialed monitors from overseeing absentee ballots and verifying signatures!
They are REQUIRED to allow our observers in by the superior court’s order.
Don’t let them keep us shut out #MAGA warriors
RT — spread the news ASAP! pic.twitter.com/nTMkeqeFWz
— Defend Trump (@Defend_Trump) January 6, 2021
At the time of writing, the races are too close to call, and votes remain to be counted, but that didn’t stop Warnock from declaring victory in his race against Loeffler.
“Georgia, I am honored in the faith that you have shown to me. I promise you this. Tonight, I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia,” Warnock said in a livestream just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.