Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has submitted two Georgia Open Records Act lawsuits against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger:
(1) the March 6, 2020, consent agreement regarding the processing of absentee ballots in the November 3, 2020 general election (Judicial Watch v. Brad Raffensperger (No. 2021 cv 347236));
(2) the Jan. 2, 2021, telephone call between Raffensperger and President Trump (Judicial Watch v. Brad Raffensperger (No. 2021 cv 347237));
After Raffensperger failed to respond to a request for details on Nov. 17, 2020, the first lawsuit was filed.
“All records related to the March 6, 2020 Consent Agreement entered into by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others relating to the processing of absentee ballots by the Secretary of State in the November 3, 2020 general election, including but not limited to emails regarding the agreement sent to and from Raffensperger, State Election Board Vice Chair Rebecca N. Sullivan, State Election Board Member David J. Worley, State Election Board Member Matthew Mashburn, and/or State Election Board Member Anh Le,” according to Judicial Watch.
The second case brought by Judicial Watch concerns, “All emails sent and received from Raffensperger, Deputy Jordan Fuchs, and General Counsel Brian Germany in connection with President Trump’s January 2, 2021 conference call with Secretary Raffensperger and others about suspected electoral irregularities in Georgia.”
Raffensperger and other Georgia officials signed a consent decree with the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on March 6, 2020, which opponents say inappropriately eroded anti-fraud provisions relating to absentee ballots.
President Trump and Raffensperger talked for an hour on Jan. 2, 2021, about Trump’s worries about voter irregularities in Georgia. The conversation between the two was later leaked to the Washington Post, the exchange became heated.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton requested, “We want to know more about what happened behind the scenes in Georgia during the 2020 election,” and “Hiding key records about the controversial settlement agreement and the President’s leaked phone call with Raffensperger prevents Americans from knowing the full story and deciding for themselves whether the outcome in Georgia was fair.”
Judicial Watch found thousands of people who could have enrolled to vote in Georgia at nonresidential addresses in April 2020. At the time, Judicial Watch shared its information with Raffensperger’s office and asked for an inquiry. Judicial Watch reported on Jan. 5 that 4,700 people from this registry of voters who may have enrolled using nonresidential addresses voted absentee in the 2020 presidential election. People registered to vote in Georgia must live “in that place in which such person’s habitation is fixed,” according to state law.
Judicial Watch filed lawsuits against North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Colorado in 2020 for attempting to clean up their voter lists, as well as Illinois for refusing to release voter roll records in defiance of federal legislation. These cases are also pending. Judicial Watch has since submitted hundreds of public information requests related to the 2020 election in several states.