Case Challenging Georgia Runoff Elections Dismissed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed one of the last remaining lawsuits challenging the 2021 Georgia Senate runoff elections. The suit, filed by pro-Trump lawyer and conspiracy theorist L. Lin Wood ahead of the runoff elections, challenged multiple aspects of the elections, including signature verification procedures, the early processing of mail-in ballots and the use of electronic voting machines. Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D) were certified the winners of the January elections and have since assumed their roles.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed the case late last year, finding that Wood lacked standing to bring the claims because the “alleged injuries are paradigmatic generalized grievances unconnected to Wood’s individual vote.” Wood filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, which was not granted, and appealed to the 11th Circuit. The appellate court affirmed the district court’s dismissal, agreeing with the district court that Wood “has shown nothing more than a textbook generalized grievance that is insufficient for Article III standing.” This case was one of many suits brought by Wood challenging various aspects of the 2020 election cycle. Wood is currently facing potential sanctions in relation to his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Read the 11th Circuit opinion here.