Georgia election officials refuted the fraudulent activity claims and said the unedited video footage shows regular ballot processing by the workers.
In a news conference, Gabriel Sterling, the voting implementation manager in Georgia, said that Election day's exclusive surveillance footage showed that workers had first packed the suitcases with valid, uncounted ballots and later unpacked the same votes.
The reason they were packed away late on Nov. 3 is that they were under the impression that they would be allowed to go home for the night, and they were packing these things up at around 10 at night, Sterling said. So they packed uncounted ballots into suitcases and were preparing to lock up for the evening. When information reached them that they could not leave yet, they moved the bags back out and started counting the ballots again.
That particular scene of workers taking out bags of votes was then edited and shared claiming that election officials had dragged out fraudulent ballots and was offered as proof of illegal activity. However, the edited video is highly misleading and out of context.
The suitcases were moved as per standard procedure, and there was nothing different about the process. Local governments manage elections; they all have their methods, checklists, technologies, bureaucratic quirks, and standard operating procedures. Frances Watson, the chief investigator for the Georgia secretary of state, said that the votes were in standard containers.