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Outspoken Georgia Poll Workers Barred From Senate Runoffs

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By    |   Friday, 18 December 2020 07:28 PM

Two Fulton County poll workers in Georgia who spoke to news outlets or filed affidavits claiming voting irregularities in the November election have been told they will not return to work the Senate runoff races, The Epoch Times is reporting.

The two women, Bridget Thorne and Susan Voyles, said they consider their notification that their appointments was not being renewed essentially as being fired and retribution for going public with their allegations.

''I see it as a direct consequence of my being honest,'' Voyles told New Tang Dynasty Television, a part of Epoch Media Group, on Friday.

The pair was informed they would not be returning in letters from Dwight Brower, elections consultant for the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. He wrote the women that Georgia law enables officials to appoint poll managers and that they must be reappointed for each election.

''There are many factors (management skills, performance, actions, behavior, etc.) considered prior to making reappointments for each primary or election," Brower wrote. "Unfortunately, a decision has been made to not reappoint you in a poll management or other poll positions in Fulton County.''

A spokeswoman for Fulton County, which encompasses Atlanta, did not respond to The Epoch Times request for comment.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger decried the decision not to reappoint Thorne and Voyles.

''I condemn in the strongest terms the decision by Fulton County elections officials to fire two poll managers purely for raising concerns about the November elections,'' he said in a statement. ''Though we have found no credible evidence of widespread fraud, it is important that individuals can raise their voice when they believe they have seen wrongdoing. Retribution against whistleblowers poses a threat to the continued strength and vibrancy of our democracy.''

Voyles filed an affidavit in a lawsuit filed by famed attorney Lin Wood, who represented wrongfully accused Richard Jewell in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, claiming she witnessed unusual batches of ''pristine'' ballots nearly all marked for Joe Biden being counted.

''In my 20 years’ of experience of handling ballots,'' she said, ''I observed that the markings for the candidates on these ballots were unusually uniform, perhaps even with a ballot-marking device.''

Thorne said she witnessed ballots from early voting dumped in the election warehouse in Fulton County.

''Being a precinct manager, it was just upsetting just to see people dumping these ballots out into suitcases and there was no security. There was no chain of command,'' she said. ''I could have walked out of the building with a whole suitcase of ballots if I wanted to. There was nobody holding me accountable.''

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