A Georgia judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to inspect Fulton County absentee ballots from the 2020 election over allegations of fraud. Judge Brian Amero’s decision came a day after investigators said they were unable to find any counterfeit ballots.
Amero ruled that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue, bringing the case to a close and keeping the county’s 147,000 original absentee ballots under seal.
Amero’s order dismissing the case said the Georgia voters who brought the lawsuit “failed to allege a particularized injury” and therefore lacked the standing to claim that their state constitutional rights to equal protection and due process had been violated, The Washington Post said.
“All citizens of Georgia have a right to know whether or not counterfeit ballots were injected into the Fulton Co. election results, how many were injected, where they came from and how we can prevent it from happening again in future elections,” Garland Favorito, one of nine plaintiffs, wrote in an email to the Post.
“It is not adequate for any organizations to secretly tell us there are no counterfeit ballots and refuse to let the public inspect them.”
Georgia attracted the country’s attention during the 2020 election as the traditionally red state flipped blue for the first time. However, it was Fulton Country’s multiple recounts and suspicious behavior from elections officials that raised concern from Georgians regarding the absentee ballots.