A Georgia judge dismissed a lawsuit on Monday that aimed to overturn the wins of two Democratic lawmakers in the Senate runoff election in the state.
The ruling: Superior Court Judge Brian Amero agreed with the defendants’ arguments. He ruled that the lawsuit against the lawmakers and election officials in Georgia was filed too late and the senators were not properly served. He also said that the plaintiff in the case lacked standing.
The lawsuit was brought by Michael Daughtery who reportedly describes himself as a “government corruption fighter.”
He argued that the results in the Senate runoff election that took place in January and were won by Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were marred by misconduct. Daughtery, a resident of Fulton County, pointed to allegations of improper ballot counting at State Farm Arena in Atlanta during the presidential election and claimed they cast doubt on the veracity of the runoff elections in the state.
The lawsuit also stated that the Dominion Voting System machines did not accurately record the results and sought a new election on paper ballots.
Lawyers for the defendants, including Warnock, Ossoff, Georgia’s election agency, Coffee County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, argued before the court that Daughtery’s claims had already been debunked. They also said that the lawsuit challenges alleged irregularities that occurred during the November election and not the runoff elections and that the complaint was filed too late.
Worth noting: Daughtery signaled at a press conference after the hearing that he is not backing down and said that he would appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, Georgia’s Speaker of the House, David Ralston, said that Fulton County should be probed over allegations related to the Nov. 3, 2020, election.
“Recently, media reports have surfaced which call into question the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted, and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election. These reports have been accompanied by video and other evidence which is part of ongoing litigation and requires thorough examination and explanation,” Ralston said.
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