True the Vote, an organization that seeks to protect the integrity and transparency of American elections, has evaluated a video that appears to provide evidence of ballot harvesting in Georgia, a state where electoral procedures do not allow this kind of practice.
Other states where this practice seems to have taken place in the 2020 presidential election include Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The group has requested a formal investigation into this matter, and a report is being prepared for public release.
In essence, ballot harvesting consists of going to places where voters reside in order to collect votes and take them to drop boxes that serve a purpose similar to the boxes at polling stations.
In the months ahead of the 2020, these boxes were set up in many states because of the coronavirus pandemic; however, in Georgia and the other aforementioned jurisdictions, individual registered voters are the only ones who can legally drop off their ballots.
The Republican Committee on House Administration and its subcommittee on elections has repeatedly warned about irregular ballot collection, which is often exploited by Democratic Party operatives, and which threatens the integrity of elections.
In Georgia, voters have to specify who can take ballots to drop boxes; as can be expected, political operatives cannot arbitrarily fulfill this role and stuff bags filled with ballots in their favor. The video evidence obtained by True the Vote comes from surveillance cameras pointed at the drop boxes.
The document says that True The Vote has spent the last several months since late last year collecting more than 27 terabytes of geospatial and temporal data—a total of 10 trillion cell phone pings—between Oct. 1 and Nov. 6 in targeted areas in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The data includes geofenced points of interest like ballot dropbox locations, as well as UPS stores and select government, commercial, and non-governmental organization (NGO) facilities.
“From this we have thus far developed precise patterns of life for 242 suspected ballot traffickers in Georgia and 202 traffickers in Arizona,” True The Vote’s document says. “According to the data, each trafficker went to an average of 23 ballot dropboxes.”