Republican officials have been present as observers, accredited poll watchers, and members of vote review panels every step of the way. County officials allowed accredited poll watchers on the counting floors according to state laws. Yet GOP officials tried to force more observers onto the floor and complained bitterly that only those whose names had been submitted in advance were the ones allowed. Republican attorneys tried to change vote review panel members, in contravention of state law. County officials stopped these changes and forced all parties to adhere to the rules established by the county election supervisor.
The only lawful basis to contest an election would be to assert facts that, if proven, would overturn the results of the election by disqualifying more votes than the margin of victory.
As I wrote this, President-elect Joe Biden led the vote count in Georgia by more than 12,500 votes. There is no factual basis to assert that 12,500 invalid votes were cast. None. And no one has even argued that invalid votes were cast.
The remedy to an election in which the number of invalid votes surpasses the margin of victory is not handing victory to the loser -- it is a new election.
No one wants a new election — they simply want to “win” despite the will of the voters.
Voters should decide who should hold elected office, and elected officials should ensure that every eligible voter has the same access to participate by casting a ballot.
A fractured nation has no room for political theater. Throwing around terms like “illegal votes” without a shred of evidence that any malfeasance has taken place is a cynical exploitation of public fears that will damage our state and our nation.
Sara Tindall Ghazal, an attorney, lives in Marietta with her husband, daughters and a menagerie of dogs and cats.