Federal Judge Timothy Batten issued an emergency order Sunday notifying defendants involved in a Georgia election lawsuit that the voting machines and servers must remain intact and not tampered with pursuant to the court order but then reversed his decision several hours later.
The earlier order by Batten, which stated that the defendants ‘maintain the status quo & are temporarily enjoined from wiping or resetting any voting machines in the State of Georgia until further order of the court” was welcomed by Georgia attorney Lin Wood, former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell and others fighting what they say is extensive voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Within hours, however, Batten reversed the order that directed the state to cease and desist wiping or resetting election machines. He reason: the defendants are not in possession of the machines.
Batten’s order stated that the plaintiffs’ request failed “because the voting equipment that they seek to impound is in the possession of county election officials. Any injunction the Court issues would extend only to Defendants and those within their control, and Plaintiffs have not demonstrated that county election officials are within Defendants’ control. Defendants cannot serve as a proxy for local election officials against whom the relief should be sought.”
The new order came alongside an affidavit submitted by a GOP poll worker that stated “because the plan on Monday is to wipe the voting machines clean, and start from 0 so that we can recount using those machines, I’m concerned by what I am reading online. I am seeing lots of notices from lawyers about possibly impounding the machines. Lawyers are now saying that the machines should be confiscated immediately before this happens to protect forensic data. They are saying those machines need to be impounded ASAP. Yikes. Maybe I’m being overly paranoid but let’s be sure this is what we’re supposed to be doing.”
Wood, one of the many attorney’s fighting the alleged voter fraud, condemned Batten’s reversal writing on Twitter, “What??? Judge reversed order based on Defendants’ claim that GA Counties control voting machines.
“What??? Judge reversed order based on Defendants’ claim that GA Counties control voting machines,” Wood wrote on Twitter, adding that the machines are owned by the state and that the Georgia secretary of state administers elections.
“Machines are owned by State & @GASecofState administers state laws on elections,” he added.