100s of titles, one news app for just $10 a month.
Dive Deeper:
Revealed: election conspiracy theorists work as election officials across Georgia
Officials with extensive power over election administration in at least seven counties of crucial swing state found to have promoted…
In early primaries, voters favor polling places over mail
Ten of millions of people in the United States opted for mail ballots during the pandemic election of 2020
OAN dismissed from election workers' suit after settlement
A judge has dismissed conservative cable news channel One America News Network from a defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia…
The Email That Shows the Absurdity of the Paperwork Coup
The effort to steal the election wasn’t subtle.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Colorado elections race tests GOP embrace of conspiracies
Colorado's Republican primary for its top elections official may be a contest against the past and future approaches the party…
‘I’d like to file lawsuits in all 50 states’: Mike Lindell still pushing Trump’s lie
The MyPillow chief and Trump ally has become a popular figure on the right, spending lavishly on lawsuits to ban…
Get all your news in one place
Latest Politics news:
McKinsey has paid just $1m tax in Aust on $850m revenue since 2019
Multinational consulting giant McKinsey’s contracts with the federal government have tripled since the pandemic began but the firm has paid…
Read news from The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more, with one subscription
Learn More
All polling places will be open for election day: AEC
The Electoral Commissioner has confirmed all polling places will be open for election day.
How the major parties’ election tech promises stack up
Australians will head to the polls on Saturday following a long election campaign which was largely devoid of tech-focused policy…
'Some leaders only want to hear the good news': politicians tell us how political careers can end
With the election almost upon us, thoughts are more than ever turned to political survival. While getting pre-selected and winning…
Pipeline of funding for 'crucial' seat of Hunter
Barnaby Joyce described the Hunter as "crucial" to the election as he announced $15 million in water supply funding on…
From analysis to good news, read the world’s best news in one place
Julia Banks: We can’t take another three years of same old, same old
Rather than having to “stick it out” with the same leadership for another three years, our nation needs to breathe…
Labor backs an extended run for Industry Growth Centres
It is a signature industry policy of the Coalition, but the Industry Growth Centre program looks like having a more…

Georgia official allowed voting breach

By Jon Skolnik
People stand in line on the first day of early voting for the general election at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center on October 12, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

A former Georgia county elections supervisor opened her offices to an election-denying businessman shortly after the 2020 presidential election, granting access to voting equipment that election-deniers claim was vital to rigging the election, according to a Washington Post report.

Misty Hampton told the Post that she cannot remember when the walkthrough took place or what was done during the visit but recalled giving access to Scott Hall, the owner of a Georgia bail bond business. 

"I'm not a babysitter," she reportedly said of her past role in the Coffee County office.  

RELATED: Trump's Georgia election revenge plot backfires: Every poll shows his candidate losing "bitter" race

In an interview with Post, Hampton said that she was unaware that the visit might contravene the state's guidance barring voting equipment from being released to the public. 

"I don't see why anything that is dealing with elections is not open to the public," Hampton said. "Why would you want to hide anything?"

Even though Donald Trump had won the county by a 40-point margin, many election officials "voiced suspicions of fraud" after the 2020 election, according to the Post. Hampton reportedly spread the baseless notion that "rogue" administrators might have tampered with the ballots in order to give then-President-elect Biden a bigger edge. 

Hall's visit first came under federal scrutiny as part of a months-old lawsuit filed by the Coalition for Good Governance, which calls into question the integrity of Georgia's election system. Court documents related to the suit reportedly reveal a March 2021 call between Hall and Marilyn Marks, the executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, during which Hall told Marks that he chartered a plane to transport people to Coffee County in order to copy voting data.

RELATED: Georgia Republicans speed through another massive "anti-voter bill" inspired by Trump's Big Lie

The group reportedly "went in there and imaged every hard drive of every piece of equipment," Hall said in the phone conversation. "We basically had the entire elections committee there," he added. "And they said: 'We give you permission. Go for it.'"


Want a daily wrap-up of all the news and commentary Salon has to offer? Subscribe to our morning newsletter, Crash Course.


According to the Post, Hall and Hampton were accompanied by one county elections board member, Eric Chaney, during their visit. 

On January 6, 2021, during the Capitol insurrection, Hampton reportedly texted Chaney that Hall was considering analyzing "our ballots from the general election like we talked about the other day."

Chaney's lawyers told the Post that the elections officer does not know Hall and did not take part in any visit where people "illegally accessed the server or the room in which it is contained."

By May of that year, after Hampton had been fired over a separate offense, her replacement, James Barnes, found a business card belonging to Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based firm that led a carnivalesque "forensic audit" of the election in Arizona's Maricopa County. After Barnes sent an email regarding the business card to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, state officials replaced the elections server in Coffee County with a new one. Last month, attorneys for Raffensperger claimed that a former elections official reportedly changed the password for the old server, rendering it impossible for other officials to gain access. 

Hampton's office tour is just the latest in a pattern of improprieties by GOP election officials at the state and local level. As the Washington Post notes, suspected and attempted breaches in election security have prompted multiple investigations in states like Ohio, Colorado, and Michigan

What is inkl?
The world’s most important news, from 100+ trusted global sources, in one place.
Morning Edition
Your daily
news overview

Morning Edition ensures you start your day well informed.

No paywalls, no clickbait, no ads
Enjoy beautiful reading

Content is only half the story. The world's best news experience is free from distraction: ad-free, clickbait-free, and beautifully designed.

Expert Curation
The news you need to know

Stories are ranked by proprietary algorithms based on importance and curated by real news journalists to ensure that you receive the most important stories as they break.

Dive Deeper:
Revealed: election conspiracy theorists work as election officials across Georgia
Officials with extensive power over election administration in at least seven counties of crucial swing state found to have promoted…
In early primaries, voters favor polling places over mail
Ten of millions of people in the United States opted for mail ballots during the pandemic election of 2020
OAN dismissed from election workers' suit after settlement
A judge has dismissed conservative cable news channel One America News Network from a defamation lawsuit filed by two Georgia…
The Email That Shows the Absurdity of the Paperwork Coup
The effort to steal the election wasn’t subtle.
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Colorado elections race tests GOP embrace of conspiracies
Colorado's Republican primary for its top elections official may be a contest against the past and future approaches the party…
‘I’d like to file lawsuits in all 50 states’: Mike Lindell still pushing Trump’s lie
The MyPillow chief and Trump ally has become a popular figure on the right, spending lavishly on lawsuits to ban…
Get all your news in one place