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Republicans have filed a flurry of lawsuits over voting procedures in Georgia, ahead of a Jan. 5 runoff election that that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
The suits seek to rein in rules put in place to expand voting access during the pandemic, including the use of drop boxes and checks on mail-in ballots, as well as increasing access for party observers to watch ballot counting.
The suits mirror many of the efforts that were rejected before the presidential election last month. They come as Republican attempts to upend the results continue to be denied in state and federal courts. Georgia is also one of four states being sued by Texas over changes to its election procedures, in a case currently awaiting action from the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Republicans seek a variety of court orders curtailing the use of drop boxes for absentee ballots, adding new layers of scrutiny to the signature-matching process and revisiting one of the biggest disputes from November — expanded access to the ballot-counting process by party observers. Democrats have argued for months that such changes are ultimately intended to invalidate thousands of ballots in a manner that would benefit Republicans.
“These lawsuits are a wholesale attack on Georgians’ voting rights and are nothing less than a cynical effort to win the runoffs,” Marc Elias, an elections attorney who represents national Democrats, said in a statement. “With the ongoing threat of Covid-19, vote by mail and drop boxes remain as critical lifelines for voters ahead of the runoffs.”
President Donald Trump, who has railed against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp for not pursuing his claims of flawed signature verification, visited the state last weekend for a rally with Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both of whom face Democratic challengers in the runoffs. Georgia conducted a state-wide audit of the results which confirmed Biden won the state.
I will easily & quickly win Georgia if Governor @BrianKempGA or the Secretary of State permit a simple signature verification. Has not been done and will show large scale discrepancies. Why are these two “Republicans” saying no? If we win Georgia, everything else falls in place!6:02 PM · Dec 5, 2020
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