Trump Files New Georgia Lawsuit on Election Codes
President Donald Trump has filed a new lawsuit against the state of Georgia in an effort to invalidate the results of the 2020 presidential elections
Trump's camp submitted it on New Year's Eve, right before the phone call between Trump and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger surfaced. In the leaked conversation, Trump tried to make Raffensperger “find” enough votes to overturn the results in the state.
A part of the complaint reads: “[Trump] does not seek a remedy disenfranchising any lawful votes. … Rather, he asks the court to uphold the rule of law and the important segregation of powers principles in the Georgia Constitution (executive vs. legislature), which are fundamentally intended to protect all voters in the country.”
Trump claims that Georgia violated the state’s Election Code. He also claims that the state violated due process and the electors and elections clauses. According to the complaint, the state did so by dismissing “express directions regarding the collection, handling, processing, canvassing and counting of” mail-in ballots, as well as “improper certification of elections.”
Georgia Responds to the New Lawsuit
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Raffensperger responded to the lawsuit. They said 5 million people living in the state and state's electors voted lawfully during the 2020 election.
Kemp recertified Georgia’s election results on Dec. 7. He did so after the state conducted a recount that Trump requested. The recount confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the state. Along with the governor, the state’s 16 presidential electors also certified the recount.
In this particular recount, Biden’s lead has dropped from 12,670 to 11,779. The total number of votes was 766 fewer than the results certified during the first tally. This is reportedly due to a discrepancy in Georgia’s most populous county — Fulton County.
“The election, certification and casting of ballots are final and over. … The matter is now before Congress as set forth … to count the certified votes. Georgia has completely complied with all requirements under the United States Constitution, federal and state election law,” the state government’s response read in part.
Trump's Action Criticized
Lawyers from Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr criticized Trump for this new lawsuit. The lawyers representing Kemp and Raffensberger said Trump is aiming “to disenfranchise millions of Georgia voters at the thirteenth hour – despite plaintiff’s own dilatory and confusing actions.”
“There have been numerous suits filed since the Nov. 3, 2020, general election, challenging most of the issues set forth in [Trump’s] motion. In all resolved suits, the claims have been flatly rejected,” they added.
This new Georgia lawsuit serves as only one of about 60 complaints filed by Trump and his supporters. They have filed complaints in many different states, all of which challenge the validity of the presidential election results. However, judges from different states have shot down almost all of them.
On top of the lawsuits, the president also asked for an expedited hearing regarding the motion. Also, the president has a separate complaint filed against Raffensberger regarding the leaked phone call that has recently surfaced.