On Monday, Georgia Federal Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner issued a temporary restraining order against Republicans’ attempts to withdraw some voters from the electorate before the January special election for the Senate Voters, this caused controversy. Judge Gardner is the sister of Democrat Stacey Abrams, who founded the voting rights advocacy organization Fair Fight.
The Georgian election process has been subject to strict scrutiny at the national and local levels. President Donald Trump claimed that he won the state presidential election despite multiple counts, all of which show that Biden is the winner. In January, Georgia is expected to hold two special elections for the Senate. The result of the election will determine which party gets control of the Senate. Although Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud are unfounded so far, there have been reports of small-scale election violations in Georgia.
In December, Ralph Russell, chairman of the Muskogee County Republican Party, challenged the residency status of 4,033 voters. Russell stated in his documents that these people have “moved outside of Muskogee County and moved to another state with the aim of making NSW their residence.” Russell claimed that these voters were not eligible for January. Vote in the runoff election.
The Democrats questioned Russell from a majority party, a voting organization that claimed that Russell used an incorrect address change by the United States Postal Service to support his allegations. Judge Gardner supported the Democratic organization to allow voters nominated in the Russell lawsuit to vote in the January election.
Gardner ruled: “Although the court recognizes that the injunction may make the defendant take on an important role in managing the ongoing election, it will do much more harm to voters whose voting rights have been wrongly blocked or rejected.”
Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement on Monday that Gardner’s ruling was a “direct attack on Georgia’s rule of law and the integrity of the state’s elections.” Raffensperger alleged that Gardner ignored certain aspects of Georgia’s election law that might benefit the Republican Party.
According to Roll Call, Majority Advance is the non-profit arm of the Democratic Senate Majority PAC. The Fair Fight organization established by Abrams donated $2.5 million to the Senate Majority PAC. Raffensperger established a link between Abram̵
Ravenspeg added: “The judge will rule on a case brought by a group funded by her sister, which is very worrying.”
Because of ties to Abrams, Republicans in Muscogee County and Bill Hill County asked Gardner to withdraw the case, and Gardner’s ruling also affected the case. According to the withdrawal request, Abrams participated in several voting lawsuits, which made her “obviously interested in the outcome of the procedure” and caused outside observers to “because of Judge Gardner’s bias in this situation.” Great doubt”.
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Despite the opportunity, Gardner refused to let himself back down. Gardner wrote: “The court reviewed the motion and there is no reason to revoke it.” “An order detailing the court’s reasoning will be issued soon.”
Despite being a member of the same party, Trump still criticized Raffensperger for how Georgia conducts elections.In December of last year, Trump tweeted that if the Republican senators Kelly Loveller and David Perdue lose the election, Raffensperger will be those who are “fully responsible.” Trump also called Raffensperger, the governor of Georgia. Brian Camp and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Duncan for “Rinos [Republicans In Name Only]. “
After Trump lost to Georgia in Biden, he also targeted election officials in Georgia. In the manual recount in November, more than 3,000 votes not counted in the original table were found. However, not enough votes were found to change the election results.
Trump appeared in the December campaign in support of Loeffler and Perdue, warning that the Senate election could be the subject of manipulative manipulation. “They lied to them to manipulate our presidential election, but we will still win,” Trump told the crowd. “And they will also try to manipulate this election.”