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Judge dismisses Georgia lawsuit alleging fraud in 2020 election

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Oct 13 (Reuters) – A state decide on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by Georgia voters and self-described election integrity activists who alleged that officers in Atlanta’s Fulton County had counted fraudulent ballots in the November 2020 election.

Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero in McDonough simply southeast of Atlanta, who oversaw the case, dominated that the petitioners had didn’t allege accidents that affected them in a “personal and individual way,” leaving them with no standing to deliver the lawsuit.

The order is the most recent defeat for personal teams in the United States which have claimed with out proof that widespread voting fraud in populous cities helped Democrat Joe Biden unfairly defeat then-President Donald Trump, a Republican.

In September, a evaluation of Arizona’s election outcomes by Trump’s Republican Party allies reaffirmed Biden’s win in that state. Multiple courts and officers have rejected the Trump marketing campaign’s claims that the election was stolen from him.

Biden additionally gained Georgia, scoring the primary victory for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992.

Amero’s Wednesday order got here sooner or later after attorneys for Georgia’s secretary of state responded to the lawsuit in court docket. The attorneys stated the secretary’s workplace had completely investigated the allegations of fraudulent poll counting in Fulton County and located them unsubstantiated by the proof offered thus far.

Garland Favorito, the activist who led the lawsuit in opposition to Fulton County, stated in a press release on Wednesday that it was “not adequate for any organization to secretly tell us there are no counterfeit ballots and refuse to let the public inspect them.”

Favorito additionally stated his group had ready to indicate “concrete evidence” of their claims at a Nov. 15 listening to that had been scheduled in the case earlier than Amero dismissed the lawsuit.

Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts stated in his personal assertion on Wednesday that the dismissal was a “win for democracy.” Pitts, a Democrat, famous that Fulton County’s votes had already been counted thrice, together with a hand recount.

Reporting by Julia Harte; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis

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Employees of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections process ballots in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., November 4, 2020. REUTERS/Brandon Bell

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