Gwinnett commuters may have noticed a new billboard at Ga. Highway 316 and Harbins Road in Dacula. The words “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Audit” and the image of a wolf draping himself in the skin of a sheep loom high overhead the busy intersection, issuing a challenge to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to conduct a full, forensic audit of the November 2020 General Election.
The billboard was funded by a group of Gwinnett residents who are actively seeking transparency and election integrity after a number of registered Gwinnett County voters were turned away from the polls and told they had already cast an absentee ballot, when in fact, these voters have sworn in affidavits they had not done so.
Despite attempts to register complaints to the Secretary of State’s office to no avail, one Buford resident logged onto her “My Voter Page” on the Georgia Secretary of State website and discovered her address had been fraudulently changed to an empty lot in Norcross — a change she states in a sworn affidavit that she did not make. The website clearly states that the act of changing someone else’s voter information is a felony in the state of Georgia.
Requests to conduct a full, forensic audit in Georgia have repeatedly been rejected by Gov. Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, despite pressure from concerned residents throughout the state.
“I have been frustrated since November 2020 with the lack of transparency provided by our Secretary of State’s office and the lack of urgency from our state legislators to allow for a true audit,” said Sugar Hill resident Kevin Grindlay, a member of the Gwinnett County Republican Party. “The ‘Risk Limiting Audit’ conducted by the SOS office in 2020 was merely a recount — not an audit where signatures were compared and ballots were inspected.”
On Sept. 9, Grindlay presented a resolution to the Gwinnett County Republican Party at their bi-monthly meeting. The resolution called for full, independent forensic audits of the November 2020 election in “suspect” counties in Georgia. The resolution was passed with an “overwhelming majority” vote.
The billboard makes its appearance days after the release of the results of the forensic audit in Maricopa County, Arizona. The report revealed irregularities and challenged the legitimacy of 57,734 votes, according to the official report at AmericaProject.com.
One finding revealed that “34,448 Early Vote Ballot return envelopes were duplicates, submitted by 17,126 individual voters — most of whom submitted two ballots, but some of whom submitted either three or four.” (Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai)
The ballot discrepancies in Maricopa County alone totaled nearly six times the 10,457 vote margin of victory for the entire state of Arizona.
Concerned Gwinnett resident Merry Belle Hodges has been active in petitioning lawmakers to act. She said: “It is time for our elected leaders to be reminded that they work for the citizens of Georgia. As stated in America’s founding documents and reaffirmed in the Georgia Constitution, their just powers are derived from the consent of the governed. It is not the responsibility of the people to prove there is fraud in an election; it is the duty of our leaders to prove to us that there is no fraud and that each one of our votes are counted accurately and lawfully.”
A former school system administrative assistant, Hodges and her group of concerned residents hold no particular political power; the group consists of a builder, a real estate agent, some IT folks and a grocer.
“I think that’s the beauty,” she said, “we are just ordinary people endeavoring to save a nation.”
Hodges has spearheaded the effort to raise funds for the Ga. Highway 316 billboard, as well as others to come, through a GiveSendGo crowdsourcing campaign which has raised approximately $1,500 to date.