“The public has confidence that the rules of the game will not be altered to indulge the needs of a political party who is trying to benefit their particular candidates,” said Russ Willard, a senior assistant attorney general. “Plaintiffs want to poke at the bear and adjust the election machinery when we only have one week of early advance voting and one week of absentee voting left to go.”
An attorney for the Republican Party, Leah Zammit, said the case sought to restore public confidence in Georgia’s elections.
“The eyes of the nation are on Georgia, closely watching this process,” Zammit said. “This case is absolutely not about the expansion or dilution of voter rights. ... This case and this motion is about ensuring that individual counties, 159 within the state of Georgia, do not themselves alter the election rules.”
The lawsuit had also requested quick access to video surveillance footage of drop boxes and a court order allowing poll monitors to more closely watch elections.
Adams ruled that she doesn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case because of sovereign immunity protections that prevent governments from lawsuits.