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Athens-Clarke resident shares concerns his ballot was illegal


Terry Scott Howard

An Athens-Clarke County resident spent all of Election Day driving to various government offices in an unsuccessful attempt to get a printout of the candidates that he voted for.

The only thing he got was a printout with a QR code with no names, which 53-year-old Scott Howard of Winterville claimed was illegal.

The day after, he filed a complaint with the Georgia Secretary of State’s State Election Board, just one of many, some of which are already being adjudicated in court.

Howard subsequently shared with Classic City News the following correspondence between himself and State Election Board Chair and former federal Judge William S. Duffey Jr.:


Judge Duffy,

My name is Terry “Scott” Howard, I live in Winterville Georgia @ (address redacted by CCN)

I attempted to vote yesterday at 9 a.m. in the Winterville Train Depot. I presenting my ballot at the tabulator. I requested to have my ballot printed (QR Code) to be voter verifiable human readable text to validate the choices as printed. This request was denied.

I went to the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections & Voter Registration office in downtown Athens -- Charlotte Sosebee denied this request. Quote: ” Above her pay grade.”

I drove from Athens-Clarke County to the State Capital ( SOS) office where the office was closed -- phone number on the door indicated to call for assistance. My request was denied.

Ballot was returned and was not counted.

State Election Board Rule 183-1-15-02: In a format readable by the elector- Human readable text.

HB 316: A vote cast on an optical scan ballot marked by an electronic ballot marker shall be the choices indicated by the printed paper ballot.

I have filed a complaint in ACCPD case # 2022-11090077.

Filed a complaint with the SOS office -- the investigator (Gilbert Humes) has to date been less than forthcoming and has not provided communication or documentation to resolve this troubling matter.

As an American Citizen, my constitutional right to vote has been violated.

Scott Howard

Mr. Howard: Thank you for your email. I understand that you have filed a complaint with the State Election Board and an investigator has been assigned to it. There is ongoing litigation in state and federal court on the issue you present. We will process your complaint after the investigation of it is complete.

Best regards.

William S. Duffey, Jr.

Chair

State Election Board

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shirebourne
shirebourne
Nov 22, 2022

It seems to me that votes are a way to placate us, and that the people in charge have already put their secret plan in place. I believe it’s all to do with How Much Money does a county bring in and the votes mean nothing. What else would it be with a “non-verification” ballot.

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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Nov 13, 2022

ACC just cancelled the Election Board open meeting on Monday 🤔

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Don Fitzgerald
Don Fitzgerald
Nov 14, 2022
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Scott. Somehow their phone lines have mysteriously shut down as well.....how convenient... But amazingly there is no way anything has ever gone wrong with any of their voting machines or for them to make any kind of mistake....

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Albert Osteen
Albert Osteen
Nov 12, 2022

No wonder Kemp won! They're rigging it for him!!!

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Albert Osteen
Albert Osteen
Nov 12, 2022
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Trump wouldn't let Kemp cheat.

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Scott Howard
Scott Howard
Nov 11, 2022

These are all great questions, but I guarantee you that if I wanted to do so I could change votes, but I like living as a free person in the United States. LOL


Here is the thing, all those things you mention are like locked windows on a house. They are there to keep honest people out. If I really wanted into your house I would simply break a window and let myself in. All the magic of the QR Code is done in the ballot machine and that is what prints the ballot, which is later counted. They are easy to make: Like this one - scan it and see what it says:


As far as telling if it…


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Well I have to agree about not knowing the Athens population. 🤷‍♀️ Clarke County is pretty blue, so to me it makes sense.

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Don Fitzgerald
Don Fitzgerald
Nov 13, 2022
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With only about 80,000 registered voters. But Only about 40,000 total , voted this time

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