Saturday, May 25, 2024

Election Integrity Lawsuit Filed in Georgia

By Tim Gamble
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5-25-2024 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday (Friday, May 24), the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) announced a recent legal action to ensure that elections in Fulton County Georgia follow the law. On behalf of Julie Adams, a member of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections, AFPI’s Center for Litigation joined with the Atlanta law firm of Chalmers, Adams, Backer & Kaufman to secure a ruling that the Board members have full access to monitor and review elections in Fulton County. While Georgia law clearly places this responsibility with Board members, in practice the Fulton County Board has delegated ever more powers to an “Elections Director” and has limited Ms. Adams’ ability to gain access to key election materials and observe important election processes.

In addition, while Georgia law tasks Board members with monitoring elections to prevent fraudulent practices, the Democratic Party of Georgia has issued letters to all Fulton County Board members telling them that their duty is to simply certify election results—regardless of any improprieties they may see or discover.

This action will re-establish the role of Board members as the ultimate parties responsible for ensuring elections in Fulton County are free from fraud, deceit, and abuse.

“The bedrock of the American legal system is that we are governed by laws,” said Pam Bondi, AFPI Chair of the Center for Litigation. “It is unfortunate that this action was necessary, but despite repeated requests and efforts to gain access to essential election information, the Board continues to deny Ms. Adams the information she needs to ensure the integrity of elections in Fulton County. The goal of this case is simple: we are asking the Court to tell the Board to follow the law.”

“Something everyone should agree on is that it should be easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Ken Blackwell, AFPI Chair of the Center for Election Integrity. “In Georgia, the Legislature has designated Board members like Julie Adams with ensuring the integrity of Fulton County’s elections. If Board members cannot have access to the information they need, then Georgians run the risk of having their hard won right to vote diluted by unlawfully cast ballots.”

Source: Press Release from AFPI, dated May 24, 2024

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