I’ve received a lot of emails via the tip line about the Fulton County Convention. This one is the most detailed. I have no way of knowing the veracity of the claims made, but it is consistent with all the other emails I’ve been getting:
At the beginning of the convention, there were 266 eligible ballots, and the delegates had to stand up to receive said ballots. When you received your ballot, you were instructed to be seated. When the convention Chairman, Wendell Willard, announced that all 266 ballots had been distributed, 50 people… all from districts which heavily supported Shawn Hanley… were still standing, having not received their ballots. Chairman Willard nullified the vote immediately, and asked each district chairperson to count the delegates from their respective districts. After the count was done, Chairman announced that there were now 244 eligible delegates present. The district chairs then distributed ballots to their respective districts and collected them after the voting was completed. This wouldn’t have been as suspicious, but here’s a little factoid: the district chair from the largest district in the county just happened to be Camille Dvorscak, Mike’s wife. The suspicion doesn’t end there. When all votes had been counted and the results tallied, Chairman Willard announced that the secretary (Karen LeBarr, a major Dvorscak supporter) had been wrong on her count of 244. He announced that it was actually 254, and that of that 254, 250 voted. Exactly six more votes than the original 244. Dvorscak won by 6 votes.
All this was done while Secretary of State Karen Handel (a Hanley supporter) was offering an alternative to the vote, to line everyone up, give them one ballot each, and mark their tag with an “X” when they had cast their ballots. This would have been the fair and logical thing to do, but Dvorscak wanted to do it his way.
These irregularities need to be pointed out, because of its affect on the party and the fact that Dvorscak’s credibility must be questioned. There was clearly suspicious behavior on the part of Dvorscak, and this needs to be publicized somehow.