A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump attorney L. Lin Wood that sought to stop the Jan. 5 Senate runoff election in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.
In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta earlier this month, Wood sought to halt the runoff election, arguing that “Georgia’s processes for handling absentee ballots for the runoff violated state law” because the state’s use of drop boxes for voters to return their ballots.” He took exception to the state plan to start processing absentee ballots before Election Day.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr. denied Wood’s request, saying he lacked standing to file the lawsuit and his claims of potential voter fraud were “too speculative.”
According to AJC, “State officials say those procedures are legal, and voting in the election – which will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate – has been underway for weeks.” However, Wood sought to halt the election until the procedures are changed, the report states.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger praised the court ruling in a statement Monday.
“The numerous baseless and frivolous lawsuits, funded by unsuspecting Georgians who are being duped by Wood, are just the latest in a long history of lawsuits to nowhere in Georgia,” Raffensperger said, according to AJC.