Georgia Reach: Latest Trump Suit Seeks Peach State Do-Over
As President Trump’s post-election lawsuits continue to fizzle out, the campaign filed one in Georgia that alleges illegal votes and calls for a new election.
The 64-page civil action was filed Friday afternoon in Fulton County Superior Court and listed more than 20 election-related officials, including Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as respondents. The vote “was not conducted in accordance with the Election Code and … the named Respondents deviated significantly and substantially from the Election Code,” it claimed.
The lawyers requested that certification of the election “be enjoined, vacated, and nullified and either a new presidential election be immediately ordered that complies with Georgia law or, in the alternative, that such other just and equitable relief is obtained so as to comport with the” state’s constitution.
The lawyers said there was “systemic misconduct, fraud, and other irregularities” during Georgia’s election and that thousands of illegal votes were included in the certified results of the matchup. The results have President-elect Joe Biden besting Trump by a thin margin of 11,769 votes — or by just about 0.2%. A statewide hand recount of the more than 5 million ballots cast reaffirmed Biden’s lead, with Raffensperger saying that the recount made “not a thimble full of difference.”
Among other complaints, the lawsuit criticized election workers in Fulton County, where Democratic stronghold Atlanta is located. Trump’s lawyers said that “deliberate misinformation” was used to instruct Republican poll watchers and the media to leave an area where ballots were being tabulated.
“After Fulton County Elections Officials lied and defrauded the Republican poll watchers and members of the press, whereby in reasonable reliance the Republican poll watchers and members of the press left the State Farm Arena (where they had been observing the ballots being processed), without public transparency Fulton County Elections Officials continued to process, handle, and transfer many thousands of ballots,” the litigation alleged.
Attorneys working with Trump’s legal team revealed surveillance video that they said shows illicit ballot-stuffing at the State Farm Arena, although Republican Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, refuted those claims.
“Those aren’t ‘suitcases.’ Those are regular absentee carriers used in dozens of counties across this state,” Sterling said. “That’s how they bring those in. Nothing was brought in without the monitors there. So, everything was there. There was nothing new brought in. We didn’t see somebody wheeling stuff into the room.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, called for a signature audit of the election following the release of the video, although Raffensperger’s office would have to agree to do so.
Trump’s legal team and Trump-adjacent groups have filed dozens of largely unsuccessful lawsuits in battleground states that Biden appears to have won, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Arizona.
Author: Zachary Halaschak
Source: Washington Examiner: Georgia reach: Latest Trump suit seeks Peach State do-over