US President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed suit in Georgia to stop counting votes as some 200,000 mail-in ballots allegedly remain uncounted from Tuesday’s vote. It’s the third state whose count the campaign has filed to halt.
The Trump campaign has filed to pause the count of absentee and mail-in ballots in Georgia, where about 200,000 absentee and mail-in ballots remain uncounted in DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth, and other left-leaning counties, after a Republican poll worker claimed to have observed fraudulent behavior.
NEW: Trump campaign files its third lawsuit of the day, this one to get Georgia to stop counting ballots. Basically the same as MI and PA pic.twitter.com/esVZRNRRwP
— Christian Datoc (@TocRadio) November 5, 2020
The campaign sued in partnership with Georgia’s Republican Party to secure the vote in at least a dozen counties after a Republican poll watcher allegedly saw a poll worker take unprocessed ballots from a “back room” and mix them into absentee ballots that were yet to be totaled. The state had a hard 7pm deadline on Election Day for received ballots to be counted.
“Today, a Republican poll observer in Georgia witnessed 53 late absentee ballots illegally added to a stack of on-time absentee ballots in Chatham County,” the lawsuit read, continuing “we will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots.”
The lawsuit requires the state “to separate any and all late-arriving ballots from all legally cast ballots to ensure a free, fair election in which only legal, valid ballots count.”
Despite that deadline, the Biden campaign issued a call on social media on Wednesday for poll workers to go “door to door helping voters fix their mail in ballots so they count.”
Anyone in Georgia? Team Joe needs people to go door to door helping voters fix their mail in ballots so they count. Sign up! https://t.co/WD8nhbw6nc
— David Litt (@davidlitt) November 4, 2020
The count was temporarily halted on Tuesday night with 97 percent of precincts in Fulton County having returned results heavily favoring Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but resumed on Wednesday morning. Elections Director Richard Barron insisted on Wednesday that they were “gonna finish tonight.”
“We’re gonna finish tonight,” Fulton County Elections Director says of vote counting in this key Georgia Democratic stronghold
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 5, 2020
Apparent statistical anomalies in Wisconsin and Arizona also have voters crying foul, and many have called on Fox News to retract what they believe is a premature declaration of victory for Biden in the latter state. With Arizona included, Biden is just half a dozen Electoral College votes away from victory.
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