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Election workers sue right-wing website, recall year of threats

Photo credit: Emilia Weinrobe. November 2, 2021, at the Park Tavern location in Midtown on the corner of Monroe and Eighth St.

The last year has been agonizing for Fulton County election worker Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, after working for the local elections office during the 2020 presidential election.

That decision upended their lives. The women and their famiy have been subjected to a barrage of death threats, harassing phone calls and emails for the past year, ever since a right-wing website, The Gateway Pundit, accused them of conspiring to commit election fraud. Moss has worked a dozen elections over the past decade for the Fulton elections office. Her mother worked as a temporary elections worker counting ballots.

Former President Donald Trump frequently assailed the women, falsely accusing them of illegally counting fake mail-in ballots, after a brief video clip from a security camera circulated on social media showing them extracting ballots from what were assumed to be suitcases at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Election Day. But the suitcases were standard ballot containers, and the votes were properly counted, Reuters reported.

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