On election day, Georgia officials claimed that there was a “burst pipe” at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena which resulted in a long pause in ballot counting on election evening.
As more information comes out however, it appears that the only evidence that suggests there was a pipe burst was a text message between a senior employee at the stadium who stated that the incident was “highly exaggerated … a slow leak that caused about an hour and a half delay” and that “we contained it quickly – it did not spread”.
“Beyond the lack of documentary evidence of the inspection or repair of a ruptured pipe, we are being asked to believe that there is not one single picture of this allegedly ruptured pipe, at a time and in a place where virtually everything is recorded and documented,” said Georgia lawyer Paul Dzikowski, who obtained the text messages according to news.com.au.
On Friday, President Donald Trump cited the pipe burst story, as he shredded battleground states for suspiciously pausing their vote counting.
“In Georgia, a pipe burst in a far away location, totally unrelated to the location of what was happening and they stopped counting for four hours,” he said.
On Monday, Dzikowski requested for records relating to the alleged pipe burst from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority – the state authority which owns State Farm Arena.
“Please produce … all ‘public records’ related to the burst pipe at State Farm Arena that occurred on or about November 3, 2020, which impacted the counting of ballots by Fulton County authorities, including and not limited to internal and external communications with any person(s), communications with Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections, memoranda, notes, work orders, requisitions, invoices, repair records, and all other public records,” Dzikowski said.
Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority executive director Kerry Stewart quickly responding, stating that the only document t he had was a text exchange between an unidentified person and vice president of facilities for the Atlanta Hawks NBA team Geoffrey Stiles.
“I just heard a water pipe burst at SFA that will cause vote count delay. Has this affected the AFCRA office? I think they were counting votes next door,” the sender said.
“No sir – it was highly exaggerated – it was a slow leak that caused about an hour and a half delay,” Stiles replied. “We contained it quickly – it did not spread – we just wanted to protect the equipment.”
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Mr Dzikowski submitted a similar request to Fulton County, which also came up empty.
“The Fulton County attorney’s office responded on behalf of the County and concluded there are ‘no responsive records’ related to the alleged burst pipe or water main break – which are two completely different things, by the way,” he said.
“‘Water main’ refers to high-volume transmission pipes running underground along road rights-of-way and outside the buildings, and a ‘pipe’ would refer to the distribution piping within the structure. Either way, I would expect there to be a host of records generated (texts, emails, work orders, interdepartmental pay requisitions, etc.) if there had been a serious water leak in a major sports arena.”
Mr Dzikowski, who spent “the better part of 10 years” as outside counsel to five different county and municipal governments, said he submitted the open records request “simply because I believed it would be the easiest way to either confirm or refute the Fulton County Board of Elections’ proffered reason for halting the counting of ballots”.
“Please understand that the Board’s decision to stop counting was unprecedented,” he said.
“There are many residents of Georgia, and Fulton County in particular, who doubt the official story. I simply wanted to know the answer for my own edification. I am a concerned citizen who is worried about the level of corruption that has taken hold at the local, state, and national levels in my country.”
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