The Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Georgia became public yesterday, alleging nearly 453,000 fraudulent votes were cast.
The lawsuit claimed that thousands of voters and the named defendants broke Georgia’s Election Code. It quoted Georgia Supreme Court precedent indicating that plaintiffs only had to show enough irregular ballots to cast doubt on the election results – not how voters would’ve voted normally.
President Donald Trump and Republican Party of Georgia Chairman David Shafer joined as plaintiffs. The defendants are Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger; Georgia State Election board members; and various county-level elections supervisors and directors. Included counties were Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Forsyth, Henry, Richmond, Houston, Floyd, Pickens, Bartow, and Hancock.
Throughout the filing, the plaintiffs alleged that multiple types of fraudulent votes were cast. Purported fraudulent votes included around 2,560 felons, 66,247 underaged voters, 2,423 unregistered voters, 4,926 individuals who’d registered to vote in another state after the Georgia registration date, 395 double voters, 15,700 individuals who’d filed a formal change of address prior to Election Day, 40,279 individuals who’d moved to a different county and voted without re-registering for that county, 1,043 individuals with a postal office box residential address, 98 late-registrants, 10,315 dead voters, 305,701 individuals who applied for absentee ballots more than 180 days before the election, 92 individuals who somehow voted absentee prior to requesting an absentee ballot, 13 unregistered individuals who voted absentee, 2,664 individuals who received absentee ballots more than 180 days before the election, 50 individuals who voted absentee prior to the permissible mailing date, 2 individuals who voted despite rejected absentee ballot applications, 217 individuals who voted the same day they applied for and received absentee ballots.
Altogether, the number of alleged fraudulent votes amounts to nearly 453,000 votes. Since the latest recount brought down Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s lead by about 1,000 votes, the contested votes amounts to just over 38 times Biden’s lead.
The lawsuit also alleged that Raffensperger sent unsolicited absentee ballot applications. Further, it contested that Raffensperger lacked authority exercised in the consent decree, which they argued unlawfully modified the election law’s absentee ballot processing standards. Additionally, it alleged that the consent decree violated Election Code by allowing election officials to match absentee ballot envelope signatures to applications, rather than the required voter file.
Additionally, the lawsuit questioned the lowered rejection rates for absentee ballots in this election compared to the 2016 and 2018 general elections.
“[T]he percentage of rejected ballots fell to .34 percent in 2020 from 2.9 percent in 2016 and 3.46 percent in 2018, despite a nearly sixfold increase in the number of ballots returned to the state for processing,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit included several county-level incidents. It cited allegations against Fulton County, in which several workers reportedly continued to count ballots after poll watchers and the press were purportedly instructed to leave. It also alleged that, despite massive outside funding, the named counties didn’t conduct proper training or election procedures.
Plaintiffs also alleged that Raffensperger’s continued refusal to audit absentee ballot signatures violated the law.
While the lawsuit itself totaled 64 pages, the entire compilation of documents presented totaled 1585 pages outlining evidence of voter fraud.
The lawsuit contested that the election results are “null and void.” Trump and Shafer submitted a large request for relief: a decertification of the results, a full investigation into all the claims, and ultimately a new Presidential Election in the state.
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