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Election officials in Georgia are gearing up for the possibility that next month’s Senate runoff elections may spend weeks in litigation before a final winner is determined.
The state has become closely divided in recent years and both Democrats and Republicans expect the results to be razor-thin.
President Trump lost the state in the 2020 presidential election by around 12,000 votes. The president has refused to concede, saying he was the victim of widespread voter fraud — allegations GOP officials in the state say are baseless.
Since that time the president has demanded — and received — both hand and machine recounts of Georgia vote which continued to affirm his loss in the state.
“Given what happened after the presidential election, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see attempts to challenge the results, especially if Democrats win,” Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re already seeing questions about signature verification, challenges of new voter registration. This could all just be a glimpse of the future.”
In the days since the November vote, there has already been a flurry of legal action. Earlier this month a federal judge rejected an effort from GOP incumbents Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to segregate ballots from newly registered voters.
Public trust in federal elections has declined significantly as Trump has continued to insist his election loss was the result of fraud. An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll this month found just 24% of Republican voters believed the outcome of the 2020 race was legitimate.
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