SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Georgia Republican Party against the Chatham County Board of Elections has been dismissed.
Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass made the decision Thursday morning.
The suit asked the judge to ensure state laws were being followed on processing absentee ballots. It also alleged that over 50 unprocessed absentee ballots had been mixed into processed absentee ballots, as observed by a Republican poll watcher.
County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.
“There is no evidence that the ballots referenced in the petition were received after 7:00 p.m. on election day, thereby making those ballots invalid,” the judge’s order reads. “Additionally, there is no evidence that the Chatham County Board of Elections or the Chatham County Board of Registrars has failed to comply with the law.”
“We will not allow Democrat election officials to steal this election from President Trump with late, illegal ballots,” said Justin Clark, deputy campaign manager, announcing the lawsuit.
In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. Georgia is among a handful of states that The Associated Press has not called.
The litigation in Georgia came after suits in Pennsylvania and Michigan where the Trump campaign called for a temporary halt in the counting until it is given “meaningful” access in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots that already have been opened and processed.
His campaign also announced that it would ask for a recount in Wisconsin, a state the AP called for Biden on Wednesday afternoon. Campaign manager Bill Stepien cited “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties,” without providing specifics.
Biden said the count should continue in all states, adding, “No one’s going to take our democracy away from us — not now, not ever.”
Every election, results reported on election night are unofficial and the counting of ballots extends past Election Day. Mail ballots normally take more time to verify and count.
This year, because of the large numbers of mail ballots and a close race, results were expected to take longer.
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