A lawsuit in Georgia seeking to overturn the results of the state’s twin U.S. Senate runoff elections in January was dismissed by a judge during a hearing on Monday.
Judge Brian Amero of Henry County’s Superior Court rejected the case filed by plaintiff Michael Daugherty, a Fulton County resident, who claimed the Senate runoff contests, both won by Democrats, were plagued by misconduct and sought a new election with paper ballots.
Amero agreed with the defendants in the case — including Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, as well as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — who argued the lawsuit was filed too late and was properly served, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Daugherty, who said he would appeal the decision, alleged ballots were improperly tabulated at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on election night in November prior to the January runoff elections. Those allegations were investigated and dismissed by officials with the secretary of state’s office.
Daugherty also alleged the state’s Dominion Voting Systems machines did not count votes accurately. Dominion has filed lawsuits against a slew of pro-Trump attorneys who made similar allegations, and election officials have vehemently denied these charges of malfeasance. The company filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against former President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a similar suit against lawyer Sidney Powell, and a $1 billion suit against My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the Trump campaign filed a series of lawsuits throughout the United States alleging widespread voter fraud, most of which were tossed by the courts.
But that hasn’t stopped Trump allies from continuing to audit the results at the state level. Even in Georgia, the subject of much of Trump’s ire after the former president narrowly lost the state, Raffensperger, a target of Trump allies ever since he certified President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in the Peach State, has opened an investigation into ballot drop box forms from the 2020 election used in Fulton County.
“New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes. This cannot continue,” he tweeted in June.
Despite its history as a right-leaning state, Georgia has seen major Democratic statewide victories in recent months. Warnock ousted incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, and Ossoff defeated Republican incumbent David Perdue in the state’s other Senate contest. This January face-off followed the November election, during which no candidate received a majority of the votes.
In November, Biden won Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since former President Bill Clinton in 1992.
A representative for Amero’s office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for a copy of the ruling.