A federal judge has just weighed in on a lawsuit in Georgia brought by voters that alleged fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Georgia Superior Court Judge Brian Amero dismissed the lawsuit on Friday against individual members of the Fulton County elections board, Breitbart News reported.
The decision prevents the group of voters from reviewing physical copies of the 147,000 absentee ballots that were counted in the county’s 2020 election.
Despite the court finding Fulton County in violation of an Open Records Request and evidence showing “the scanned images of one ballot which appeared to have been counted twice” in earlier proceedings, the case was dismissed.
This case was not decided on the merits. Instead, Judge Amero relied on the jurisdictional standing doctrine, which requires the plaintiffs to suffer a “concrete and particularized” and “actual or imminent” injury that is connected to the causal conduct, with a likelihood that a court will redress the damage to be heard before the court.
“Petitioners allege their votes have been diluted due to the ‘substantial likelihood’ that fraudulent ballots were introduced during ballot processing for the General Election,” he said. “regardless of the veracity of these allegations, the Court finds Petitioners have still failed to allege particularized injury.”
“Petitioners’ allegations are, in sum, that their state equal protection and due process rights were violated because their votes, and the votes of other Georgia voters, were diluted as result of the inclusion of fraudulent ballots that were counted because Respondents negligently oversaw the ballot processing for the General Election,” the judge said.
“The 11th Circuit in Wood found substantially similar allegations of voter dilution insufficient to confer standing,” he said.
In other words, because the voters did not suffer harm personally, no matter if their allegations are true or not, they do not have the right to bring the case.
Georgia has been a hotbed of activity related to the 2020 election, with the Secretary of State calling for an investigation into one of its counties recently.
The investigation was started last week after a report from The Georgia Star News claimed that there was an issue with 43,000 ballots missing chain of custody documentation.
This does not mean that any of the ballots were not legal and valid, simply that they are missing the chain of custody documentation, which is important to verify that the ballots were legally cast.
“The Secretary of State’s office has opened an investigation into the drop box chain of custody documentation for Dekalb County,” his office said to Just the News. “The investigation includes not only whether Dekalb County properly complied with the documentation required by the State Election Board but also whether the actual procedures used by Dekalb adequately protected chain of custody for ballots returned to drop boxes.”
And another report from The Georgia Star News showed that the chain of custody “transfer forms” for 6,995 absentee ballots in Fulton County.
Eleven months after the November 3, 2020 election, a review of transfer forms provided to The Georgia Star News in response to an open records request reveals that the Secretary of State’s office in Georgia is missing chain of custody documents for 6,995 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County during the November 2020 election.
The number of absentee ballots for which the office has no evidence of the origination of the ballots represents nine percent of the 79,460 total that Fulton County has recorded as being deposited into drop boxes during the more than month-long early voting and Election Day period.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, certified the results of the November 3, 2020 election–which gave Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes to Joe Biden by a margin of 12,670 votes out of 5 million votes cast–on November 20, 2020 without having seen or reviewed the chain of custody documents associated with an estimated 600,000 absentee ballots deposited in 300 drop boxes around the state. Fulton County’s 79,460 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes were about 13 percent of the state total of 600,000.