Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams has a ludicrous reason for throwing out a GOP election lawsuit seeking to limit the use of voter drop boxes in Georgia’s January 5 Senate runoffs.
According to the Fulton County judge, the state has immunity from being sued. Judge Adams ruled that she does not have jurisdiction in the case because sovereign immunity protects governments from lawsuits.
This is just another election-related lawsuit that has been thrown out on procedural grounds, with the judges refusing to even consider the merits of the case or make a ruling regarding the evidence being presented to them.
In the lawsuit, Republicans had argued that access to ballot drop boxes should be limited to the same hours as county election offices, which usually close at 5 p.m. on weekdays.
An attorney for the office of the Georgia Secretary of State argued that the state’s election board approved the drop boxes to be used at all hours.
Whether the Republicans were right or wrong in their lawsuit, the decision not to even rule on the merits of the lawsuit is outrageous.
Incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are facing tough challenges in the upcoming Senate runoff elections against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff after none of the candidates received more than 50% of the vote.
Newsmax reported: “While Perdue received only a few thousand votes shy of the 50% threshold, Warnock led Loeffler 33% to 26%. However, Loeffler and fellow Republican Doug Collins, plus four other Republicans in a race with 20 candidates, received a combined 49.3% of the vote compared to about 48.4% for Warnock and the next seven Democrats.”
Evidence revealed in recent weeks has shown that mail-in voting and ballot drop boxes are less secure and more prone to fraud than in-person voting, yet even Georgia, a state run by Republicans, refuses to provide safeguards to ensure election integrity. This lawsuit was another attempt by the GOP to fight fraud and irregularities in the election.