Federal Court Dismisses Loeffler & Purdue’s Democrat Sabotage Attempt

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Donald Trump’s baseless claims about a stolen election that he lost by more than six million votes and 74 electoral college votes have done more than enough damage to the country, but the support he’s received in those efforts by the Republican Party threaten to undermine faith in democracy for years to come.

As if he started a fun new trend, Republicans in Georgia are not only signing on to lawsuits alleging that the election was stolen from Trump, but that there is a widespread conspiracy in the state to steal the special run-off election from them on January 5, 2021, where Rev. Raphael Warnock (D) will face off against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Jon Ossoff (D) will challenge Sen. David Perdue (R). On Thursday, fresh off a double loss earlier in the day, the Georgia Republican Party announced a new lawsuit they had filed, alleging that people are moving to Georgia just to cast a ballot in the special elections.

According to Fox News:

‘The federal lawsuit’s main claim is that the Georgia Constitution bars people from voting in a runoff election who would not have been eligible to vote in the state during the general election. It asks that the court require Georgia election authorities to segregate ballots from voters who registered between Nov. 4 and Dec. 7 to check whether or not they voted in another state this year.’

On Friday, less than 24 hours after the filing was publicly announced, a federal court dismissed that lawsuit. Democrats said in a motion to intervene that the complaint was baseless and that the proposed remedy, which would include potentially disenfranchising voters who had recently moved to the state or who simply hadn’t voted in the November election, was without merit.

‘No tenet of Georgia law makes eligibility to vote in the January runoff contingent on participation in the November election preceding it. In fact, a very similar issue has been previously litigated in Georgia, with Judge Batten of the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Georgia finding that the state’s previous requirement to limit special election registration solely to those who were registered at the time of the preceding general election ran afoul of and was pre-empted by the National Voter Registration Act.’

On Thursday, the same day this lawsuit was filed, Georgia Republicans had the same lawsuit dismissed by two separate courts. In that lawsuit, Republicans challenged the legality of absentee ballots, but judges dismissed the case because the proposed harms to the plaintiffs were speculative. Democrats noted the lack of merits in those cases in their motion related to the new case.

‘Both courts recognized not only that plaintiffs lacked standing, but that even if that jurisdictional hurdle were not an issue, the U.S. Supreme Court’s oft-repeated admonition that federal courts should not issue orders interfering with state elections laws on the eve of an election applied…we are no longer on the “eve” of the January run-off election. We are in the middle of it. Advance voting began a week ago on December 14, and hundreds of thousands of voters have already cast their ballots in person or returned them by mail.’