In what could be seen as a desperate attempt to wipe all incriminating evidence from Dominion voting machines in Georgia, officials have warned of “grave and serious consequences” if they are not permitted to wipe and reset the machines.
A judge placed a temporary restraining order on machines in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee Counties, and election officials have challenged the decision, as they claim the machines will not be ready for run-off elections in January if the process is held up.
Officials requested on Dec. 3 that the restraining order be lifted.
“The temporary restraining order has grave and serious consequences,” Kristi Royston, the elections supervisor for Gwinnett County’s Board of Voter Registrations and Elections, said in a declaration as part of the court filing on Thursday.
GA officials are pressing a judge to “lift an order that is BLOCKING officials from altering information in voting machines in three counties.”
Election officials warn if they *don’t* wipe the machines clean there could be *GRAVE AND SERIOUS CONSQUENCES.*🤔🔻 pic.twitter.com/CfIvUy76X4
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) December 4, 2020
“It is preventing the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections from beginning its required preparation for the AIP [Advanced In Person] voting for the Jan. 5 runoff elections for two United States Senate seats,” Royston said in the declaration, adding “that preparation for the voting is legally required to begin Dec. 14 and continue for three weeks.”
“Hundreds of pieces of voting equipment are needed for deployment in time to begin AIP in December,” Royston wrote.
Royston complained any holdup would lead to long voting lines and “will inevitably lead to widespread disruption.”
Judge Timothy Batten, a U.S. District Court judge, placed the order on Nov. 29, after attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood requested the order and an injunction against any alterations to the machines.
In the 11th Circuit court, a judge denied an appeal by Powell and Wood on Friday to decertify the election in Georgia because the court lacked jurisdiction.
“The issue before us, however, is a narrow question of appellate jurisdiction: has the district court entered an order that we have jurisdiction to review? Because the answer to that question is ‘no,’ we must dismiss this appeal for lack of jurisdiction and allow the proceedings to continue in the district court,” he added, sending the case back to Batten’s court, reported BizPacReview.
Powell put forward the argument that ” every freedom-loving world citizen” was entitled to see the results of a forensic analysis of the Dominion machines.
“Appellants, the people of Georgia and, indeed, the people of the United States, and every freedom-loving world citizen will be irreparably harmed if Appellees are allowed to alter the voting machines to rig elections in this country and make forensic analysis of the voting process impossible,” Powell said.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have asked Batten to “dissolve the Nov. 29, 2020, Temporary Restraining Order entered by the Court” or else the “ability of local county officials to efficiently and securely conduct the upcoming January 5, 2021 Run-Off Elections will be significantly inhibited.”