WASHINGTON (SBG) - Georgia's Secretary of State blasted lawmakers today for allowing a man to testify who claimed he broke into Georgia's voting system during early voting.
The state says he didn't, and that elevating his voice is sowing distrust in the electoral process.
“Fake news is hard enough to combat when mainstream media outlets push it out, but when a small cadre of Georgia legislators do it, it’s a whole different story,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in a press release. “These legislators need to stop calling their own reelections illegitimate and focus on getting out the vote for the January 5 elections.”
Jovan Hutton Pulitzer claimed during the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Elections that he can audit ballots through a process called "kinematic artifact detection."
David Becker, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, said in an email to Sinclair that such a method is 'totally made up’ and opposed the claims Pulitzer made about allegedly faulty ballots during the hearing.
“The election was 2 months ago, and Georgia has been using these paper ballots for several elections, including elections that the President and other Republicans have won,” Becker wrote. “These issues, if they were legitimate (they’re not) could have been brought up earlier, but they were not.”
At the end of the hearing, lawmakers passed a motion to allow Pulitzer to audit the ballots using the method he’d outlined.
In a scathing rebuke, the secretary of state's office issued a statement calling Pulitzer a “failed inventor” and “failed treasure hunter.”
The office noted his invention of the CueCat, which they wrote was listed as one of the “25 worst tech products of all time” by PC World.
Pulitzer defended his technology in a Facebook video, claiming that it “became the number one peripheral add-on to a computer in history.”