A United States federal appeals court on Saturday rejected an attempt by a conservative lawyer to block President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s win in Georgia.
U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg rejected attorney L. Lin Wood’s arguments and concluded in a November 20 opinion that the lawyer did not have any standing to sue.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta said Wood failed to “allege a particularized injury”. In addition, the court said Georgia had already certified its election.
“We may not entertain post-election contests about garden-variety issues of vote counting and misconduct that may properly be filled in the state courts,” the appeals court said in its ruling, siding with a lower court.
Wood was attempting to overturn a ruling by a lower court judge who refused to stop Georgia officials from certifying the state’s election results for Joe Biden.
Judge Grimberg, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, also left in place procedures that will make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots in January Senate reruns.
Reuters noted that the ruling also means Georgia officials will be required to notify absentee voters so they can fix problems with their ballot in the January 5 Senate election.
The appeals court ruling was decided by a panel of three judges. Two of them had been under consideration by President Trump for U.S. Supreme Court seats.
The two Senate races will determine the balance of power in Washington DC where Republicans have 50 senators and Democrats hope to win the two seats to give Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris the power to break the tie.