WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, David Perdue, a one-term Republican senator from Georgia who is now running for governor, filed a lawsuit in state court 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.” Georgia was the focus of Republican ire during the 2020 election cycle due to its status as a swing state that eventually voted for Biden and elected two Democratic senators (Perdue lost his reelection race to Sen. Jon Ossoff (D)). Many Republican lawsuits contesting the results centered on the validity of absentee ballots and courts repeatedly rejected claims that this new lawsuit repeats (which is noteworthy considering that Perdue voted by mail in the 2020 election).
The timing of this lawsuit — filed 13 months after the 2020 presidential election — coincides with Perdue announcing his run for governor earlier this week. He faces a primary against current Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Perdue stated earlier this week that he would not have certified Georgia’s 2020 election results, unlike his opponent Kemp did. Perdue’s amplification of 2020 voter fraud claims is aligned with the Republican Party’s ongoing efforts to limit access to the ballot box, particularly voting by mail.