To file a lawsuit in court, a plaintiff must prove that they are being in some way harmed by the illegal action of another. Donald Trump, who is slowly watching his chances at a second term for president slip away, hasn’t done that yet, according to a court ruling on Trump’s claims that vote counting in Georgia, where Trump at this time maintains a very small lead, is fraudulently counting ballots cast after November 3 and must be stopped.
Just in: A judge has dismissed this lawsuit from the Trump campaign and the Georgia GOP alleging that Chatham County elections officials improperly counted absentee ballots received after the state’s deadline. #gapol https://t.co/w1j8Jqzn8e
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 5, 2020
Trump’s lawsuit claimed that a poll watcher witnessed a person counting ballots that were cast after the November 3 Election Day deadline, but a judge who reviewed the case says that the Trump campaign has provided no proof of this. Counting in Georgia will continue, with results in the heavily-Democratic district that includes Fulton County still outstanding.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
‘In Georgia, Trump held a small lead over Democratic candidate Joe Biden as tens of thousands of absentee ballots remained to be counted in metro Atlanta and Savannah.
‘The Georgia suit addresses how absentee ballots were stored and states that ballots received after 7 p.m. Tuesday should not be counted. A poll watcher claims he saw a poll worker handling ballots incorrectly.’
Georgia Judge Throws Out Trump Campaign Lawsuit That Produced Exactly Zero Evidence of Fraudhttps://t.co/PSIp17nnkF pic.twitter.com/K59p8f0XkY
— Law & Crime (@lawcrimenews) November 5, 2020
Ballots in Georgia must be received no later than 7 PM EST on Election Day, with no votes arriving past that date eligible to be counted, meaning that ballots postmarked by Election Day but arriving afterward are thrown out. Although a Republican poll watcher claims that ballots arriving after that time were counted, a judge says there’s no clear evidence that this happened.
‘According to Bloomberg News:
‘A state court judge today dismissed a lawsuit by Trump’s campaign that alleged dozens of late ballots were mingled with on-time ballots.
‘”The court finds there is no evidence that the ballots referenced in the petition were received after 7 p.m. on Election Day, thereby making those ballots invalid,â€ Judge James Bass said in a ruling Thursday in Savannah, Georgia.’
NEW: A Georgia judge has summarily dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit that alleged some ballots received after a 7 p.m. Election Day deadline were mixed in with legitimate ballots.
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— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) November 5, 2020
Election officials in Georgia are clearly under pressure to complete the overwhelming job of counting the mail-in votes, a disproportionately high number of which were cast in 2020 due to the coronavirus, and one official in Georgia snapped when asked about the poll watcher’s claims.,
‘If he was observing something in our absentee center, there is a control on everything that moves through that building. There’s a log of every ballot that’s going in there and a log of every ballot that’s processed. If somebody was mixing something or moving something, it was already recorded and accounted for.’
BREAKING: Georgia judge dismisses lawsuit by Trump campaign, AP reports https://t.co/4rI9IAF24c pic.twitter.com/mUGmfFhLsu
— Bloomberg (@business) November 5, 2020