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A federal judge has declined to block parts of Georgia’s new voting laws from taking effect a week before runoff elections for state legislative seats.
Given early voting is underway in runoffs for two state House seats, Judge J.P. Boulee of U.S. District Court in Atlanta said it’s too late to change the voting procedures, The Hill reported.
“Plaintiffs waited almost three months after SB 202 passed and until the eve before the underlying election to file their motion,” he wrote in an 11-page order.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law. Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning,” he wrote.
Boulee also wrote that he “reserves judgment regarding the propriety of relief as to future elections and will issue a separate order on this question at a later date.”
The drama in Georgia continues.
Henry County Superior Court Chief Judge Brian Amero ruled last week that the audit of ballots from the 2020 election in Fulton County can proceed.
After holding a hearing on those motions Monday, Henry County Superior Court Chief Judge Brian Amero, who was specially appointed to preside ver the case, agreed. He ruled that the constitutional claims against those three entities are barred by sovereign immunity and dismissed them. But he also granted a request by the petitioners to add the individual members of the county election board as respondents in the lawsuit instead.
The suit was filed by nine Georgia voters and is spearheaded by Garland Favorito, a longtime critic of Georgia’s election systems. As part of the suit, they are seeking to inspect some 147,000 absentee ballots to determine whether there are illegitimate ballots among them.
Originally filed in December, the lawsuit says there is evidence of fraudulent ballots and improper ballot counting in Fulton County.
As part of the suit, the nine Georgia voters who filed it are seeking to inspect some 147,000 absentee ballots to determine whether there are illegitimate ballots among them.
In April, Amero ordered the court clerk to release the scanned absentee ballot images.
At a hearing last month, Amero ordered that the paper ballots themselves be unsealed so that the petitioners who filed the lawsuit can inspect and scan them.
Amero had scheduled a meeting for May 28 but lawyers for the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections filed a last-minute motion to the court to dismiss the election fraud case brought by Garland Favorito and others before the forensic audit is launched.
At the time, Amero granted a delay to hear motions filed by Fulton County.
The upcoming review will look at about 147,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County.
The case also alleges sharp vote increases for Biden late on election night in Fulton County, a heavily Democratic county.
Amero has called for a motion to unseal ballots after suspicious discrepancies were found.
During a hearing, VoterGA.org lawyers “described large discrepancies (21%) between the number of ballot batches reported by the GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger who certified the election and the number of ballot batches actually provided by court-ordered access in the previous April hearing in the case.”