On Friday, President Donald Trump’s campaign filed a massive lawsuit in the state of Georgia, where Trump’s lawyers and tens of millions of his followers believe some of the most egregious displays of ballot and voter fraud took place in the 2020 election.
The lawsuit, according to Newsmax, claims “significant systemic misconduct, fraud and other irregularities” which resulted in what they believe are thousands of illegal votes counting toward former Vice President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
The suit was filed on behalf of a presidential elector pledged to the president by the name of David Shafer, along with the president himself. Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and several top election officials were named in the suit as the defendants.
In the lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers made a number of claims, dialing in on several specific instances that they believe resulted in invalid or illegal votes.
Newsmax compiled the primary complaints, which you can read below.
- The election code mandates that those wishing to vote by absentee ballots may apply for a mail-in ballot “not more than 180 days” prior to the election. But it alleges the officials permitted at least 305,701 people to illegally vote who applied for absentee ballots more than 180 days prior to the election and then improperly counted the illegal votes.
Officials allowed at least 92 individuals to vote whose absentee ballots, according to state records, were returned and accepted prior to that individual requesting an absentee ballot.
The officials mailed at least 2,664 absentee ballots to individuals prior to the earliest date permitted by law.
- Respondents unlawfully adopted standards to be followed by the clerks and registrars in processing absentee ballots inconsistent with the election code.
- Despite the legal requirement for signature matching and voter identity verification, the respondents failed to ensure that such obligations were followed by election officials.
The lawsuit’s primary ask is that the state prevents certification of the votes and it even requests that a new presidential election take place, or if that doesn’t happen, another equitable means of satisfying the complainants.
“The fraud, misconduct and irregularities that occurred under the ‘supervision’ of (the) respondents are sufficient to place the contest election in doubt,” the lawsuit read.
“As a result, there is substantial doubt as to the outcome of the contested election, and the contested election … shall be enjoined, vacated, and nullified and either a new presidential election be immediately ordered that complies with Georgia Page 52 of 64 law or, in the alternative, that such other just and equitable relief is obtained so as to comport with the Constitution of the State of Georgia,” the lawsuit demanded.
To date, Trump’s campaign lawyers or any other independent lawyers who’ve filed lawsuits haven’t had any victories significant enough to overturn even a single state’s results. With the Electoral College set to meet on December 14 and award the votes to Biden, time is definitely a luxury at this point for Trump’s legal defenders.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to come up with something substantial enough to convince a judge that this thing isn’t quite yet over.