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BREAKING NEWS: Spalding County Elections Office Refuses Entry to Poll Watchers While Working with Ballots After the Election; Sheriff's Office Investigating Documents Found in Dumpster
By Editor Becky Watts

GRIFFIN - A crowd began to gather outside of the Spalding County Elections Office earlier this evening sometime around 6 p.m. By 7:12 p.m. Commissioner James Dutton was live on Facebook live showing how “The Spalding County elections office is actively "working" with the ballots behind closed doors and has repeatedly refused to allow the credentialed election observers into the building.”

He said that they began in back rooms but were now in the front rooms where people outside could see them through the glass. He said that State Republican Party attorneys were at the building earlier in the night where they were not allowed to enter the building either despite the fact that the ballots were out of their sealed containers. Dutton asked people to come out to the office to observe as well saying, “Now, right now is the time to protect the integrity of our election.

Readers can watch the Facebook Live video at www.facebook.com/jamesrdutton/videos/4092531324106554/ By 11 p.m. the video has been shared 713 times on Facebook and had been seen by over 11,000 people. The 44 minute video showed election workers inside of the building working with ballots, but they refused to let anyone in to observe.

By the end of the video, poll watchers were setting up to watch the building throughout the night and into tomorrow. Sheila Mathews from The GRIP also advised that she would be covering this tomorrow. Law enforcement had been called to stand in the office with the workers and to escort them to their cars when they left the building. The GRIP went live on Facebook around 10 p.m. tonight to let her readers know that the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office was taping off a dumpster behind the Spalding County Elections Office with criminal tape in order to begin an investigation on items related to the election were found in a dumpster.

Mathews advised that she did not handle any of the items inside of the dumpster but advised that “upon close observation,” she did not see any ballots. However, she saw information such that would be considered confidential records that should not be unsecured. She saw names, home addressed, full dates of birth, social security numbers and information that could be used for “nerfarious purposes if someone were so inclined.” Her original Facebook Live video can be seen at www.facebook.com/thegripnews/videos/1076060719491950.

Her second video is at https://www.facebook.com/thegripnews/videos/760814061182051 which was uploaded at 10:55 p.m. which advises that this dumpster is used by a number of Spalding County offices and not just the Elections Office. She reiterated in her second video that she “did not see ballots whatsoever” contained in the paperwork that was removed from the dumpster. However, she did say that there were envelopes that appeared to have previously contained absentee ballots but they were empty envelopes that had been discarded.

“We’re in the middle of a very contentious election,” she said. “And to avoid the appearance of impropriety, it is very, very crucial that this information be secured tonight” so that it will be documented what each document is to ensure that there are no questions about what was found in this dumpster. She stated that this is important because “our confidence in our nation’s election process does not need to be further eroded.” Within 30 minutes, over 2,000 people had viewed the video. Mathews will continue her coverage from tonight’s events through the day tomorrow. https://www.facebook.com/thegripnews.

Photos are still shots from the Facebook Live videos.


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Election Office dumpster contained no ballots
Courtesy of Editor Sheila Mathews of The GRIP

GRIFFIN - Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix has confirmed what The GRIP report Thursday night – that no ballots were found among the documents and other paperwork located in a dumpster in the Spalding County Elections and Voter Registration parking lot.

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