Georgia 2020 Absentee Ballot Challenge (Perdue)
Perdue v. Barron
Lawsuit filed by David Perdue, a one-term Republican senator from Georgia who ran for governor in Georgia’s 2022 election, and a Georgia voter raising repeatedly debunked claims of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. The lawsuit alleges that there were multiple issues with the processing and counting of absentee ballots across Georgia, particularly in Fulton County, rehashing conspiracy theories about a ballot processing center and claiming that “thousands” of absentee ballots were “unlawfully marked by machines rather than legally registered Georgia voters.” The lawsuit asks the state court to conduct an inspection of absentee ballots cast during the 2020 election. The court denied the plaintiffs’ requests, noting that they were seeking relief for “something that, if it happened, already happened” and “this Court cannot issue a declaration about things that have already occurred.” Further, the court pointed out the lack of evidence provided by the plaintiffs, concluding that the plaintiffs “are left only with speculation, conjecture, and paranoia — sufficient fodder for talk shows, op ed pieces, and social media platforms, but far short of what would legally justify a court taking such action.” The court dismissed the case.