Bruce Brown, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the drop-off rate between people who cast their ballots in the lieutenant governor’s race on Election Day using electronic voting machines and those who voted either early or by absentee ballot is also suspicious.
“The entire contest is tainted because the (drop-off in votes) shows the machines were not working,” he said. “We need a new election.”
While it’s not unusual for voters to skip down-ballot races, the lawsuit raises suspicions about potential irregularities in the lieutenant governor’s election.
The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is the Coalition for Good Governance, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that’s also involved in other litigation alleging vulnerabilities in Georgia’s electronic voting machines. They are suing Duncan as well as the elections boards for Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
Edward Lindsey, an attorney representing Duncan, said there could be any number of reasons that fewer people voted for lieutenant governor than for agriculture commissioner.
Lindsey said having a record number of new voters, a ballot configuration that could confuse people into believing the governor and lieutenant governor were running on one ticket, and negative press around the race could have caused people to skip the contest.
Besides calling for a new election for lieutenant governor, the lawsuit also seeks to conduct the election on verifiable paper ballots.
The hearing will resume 9 a.m. Friday at Cobb County Magistrate Court.
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