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Lawsuit requests 'new statewide election' in Georgia presidential contest over voter fraud allegations

'...massive irregularities, mistakes, and potential fraud'

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The Trump campaign filed a new lawsuit in Georgia state court late Friday seeking to invalidate the results of the presidential contest in the Peach State over allegations of voter fraud.

What are the details?

According to WXIA-TV, Trump's legal team claims "tens of thousands of illegal votes" were cast in last month's election. The lawsuit requests the decertification of the state's election results, and wants the court to "order a new election to be conducted in the presidential race."

As alleged evidence of their claims, the lawsuit includes "dozens of signed affidavits from Georgia residents who claimed to have witnessed voter fraud," WXIA reported.

The lawsuit also demands that the court direct Georgia's Republican-controlled state legislature to appoint presidential electors.

Lead Trump campaign counsel Ray Smith said in a statement:

What was filed today clearly documents that there are literally tens of thousands of illegal votes that were cast, counted, and included in the tabulations the Secretary of State is preparing to certify. The massive irregularities, mistakes, and potential fraud violate the Georgia Election Code, making it impossible to know with certainty the actual outcome of the presidential race in Georgia.

The Secretary of State has orchestrated the worst excuse for an election in Georgia history. We are asking the Court to vacate the certification of the presidential election and to order a new statewide election for president. Alternatively, we are asking the Court to enjoin the certification and allow the Georgia legislature to reclaim its duty under the U.S. Constitution to appoint the presidential electors for the state.

The Trump campaign's statement explained, "Attached to the complaint are sworn affidavits from dozens of Georgia residents swearing under penalty of perjury to what they witnessed during the election: failure to process and secure the ballots, failure to verify the signatures on absentee ballots, the appearance of mysterious 'pristine' absentee ballots not received in official absentee ballot envelopes that were voted almost solely for Joe Biden, failure to allow poll watchers meaningful access to observe the election, among other violations of law."

What about voter fraud?

Despite the Trump campaign's claims, Attorney General William Barr said this week that the Department of Justice has not uncovered credible evidence of voter fraud.

"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr said.

The Georgia secretary of state's office also has clarified on multiple occasions they have not seen evidence of voter fraud, WXIA noted.

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