Last Updated on December 2, 2020
A new lawsuit filed in the State of Georgia seeks to decertify the 2020 General Election results in that state based on emerging evidence that vote tabulations included ballots cast by ineligible voters and that absentee ballot signatures were not legally verified.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Fulton County by Paul Andrew Boland, a registered elector, and requests that a decertification of the state’s election results be implemented until such time as an investigation is completed into the claims.
The complaint names Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and other election and state officials as defendants.
The lawsuit claims that 20,312 ballots were cast by people no longer considered legal residents of Georgia. It also charges that “suspiciously low ballot rejection rates” suggests that mandated signature-verification procedures “were not enforced with their usual rigor” resulting in dilution of Boland’s vote.
Boland’s suit surmises that these issues cast “doubt on the integrity of the Election” and that they provide grounds to contest the Georgia election results.
In support of the claim that over 20,000 ballots were cast by out-of-state residents
Officials in the peach state certified the election for Biden after a hand recount earlier this month. The Trump campaign is pushing to have the certification reversed.https://t.co/LADcbBdOjy
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 1, 2020
The complaint cites expert analysis performed by Matt Braynard, an data analyst and former data chief and strategist for the Trump’s campaign.
Braynard and his team examined residency information on official State of Georgia voter rolls and found that thousands of voters registered postal and commercial addresses made to appear like residential addresses. This is a clear violation of Georgia law.
“This number of invalid votes far exceeds the certified margin of victory of 12,760 in the presidential results,” the complaint says.
Boland’s claim of lax a signature verification process is founded on abnormally low absentee ballot rejection rates achieved during the November 3 election.
An affidavit filed by Benjamin Overholt, a University of Northern Colorado expert in applied statistics and research methods determined a 0.15 percent rejection rate in the 2020 General Election, compared to a 0.28 percent rejection rate in 2016, a 0.20 percent rejection rate in 2018, and 0.28 percent rejection rate in the 2020 primary.
“There are other anomalies in the reported data that should be analyzed, and many raise significant questions about the conduct and results of the 2020 General Election,” Overholt wrote in his sworn statement.
Overholt made clear that the recent deficient “hand count” audit of Georgia’s election results ordered by Raffensperger would not have the capability to resolve these issues.
The complaint says that while the audit and recount were carried out, “no signature matching was required during that process.” The document reads, “without a meaningful verification of signatures, the election results cannot be certified.”
The suit further alleges that Raffensperger – ahead of the election – took illegal and unconstitutional steps to weaken established safeguards against the casting of fraudulent ballots. Those measures included weakening the signature verification requirements.