Georgia Secretary of State Asks Court Not to Give Petitioners Access to Ballots

A Georgia voting integrity group that seeks to examine ballots cast in the 2020 election shouldn’t be granted access to the original ballots, the state’s secretary of state said in a new filing. Giving plaintiffs in the court case access to the original ballots would violate recent updates to the Georgia Open Records Act, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in an April 2 motion in Fulton County Superior Court. The office of Raffensperger, a Republican, said he takes no position on the merits of the case, but “respectfully requests that the Court permit Petitioners to inspect ballot images only, and deny Petitioners’ request to inspect and scan ballots.” “This result is consistent with Georgia law, and appropriately balances Petitioners’ interests in inspecting ballot images with the State’s and the public’s interest in maintaining the security and integrity of confidential ballots,” the filing states. The amicus brief was filed in …

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