GAGOP Chairman Shafer Seeks to Stay Court Order to Count Absentee Ballots After Election

From a press release from the Georgia Republican Party:

Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer today announced that he had joined Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel in filing an amicus brief to stay a federal judge’s order to count absentee ballots received after the election.

“Democrats have filed a barrage of frivolous lawsuits seeking to eliminate election safeguards, sow confusion, and upend the timely and accurate counting of votes,” Shafer said. “They cry ‘voter suppression’ but ignore the fact that an unlawful vote cancels out and ‘suppresses’ a lawful vote as completely as if the lawful voter was physically turned away from the polling place.”

In The New Georgia Project, et al. vs Brad Raffensberger, et al., Federal District Court Judge Eleanor Ross ruled that absentee ballots received up to three days after the election should be counted. The ruling has been appealed to the Eleventh Circuit but the judge refused a request to stay the order until the appeal is heard.

Shafer called the ruling “outrageous.”

“The judge’s order, which only applies to 46 of Georgia’s 159 votes, ignores Georgia law, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, and invites turmoil and fraud,” Shafer said. “The order should be stayed until an appeal on the merits can be heard.”

The amicus brief, filed on behalf of the Republican National Committee and the Georgia Republican Party, was prepared by Stefan Passantino of Michael, Best & Friederich LLP and Jeffrey M. Harris and Cameron T. Norris of Consovoy McCarthy PLLC.

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