Lawyers seek data on violation of election materials in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Republican Party official in Georgia who was a fake voter in 2020 has misrepresented her role in an alleged violation of voting materials in a rural election office two months after the last presidential election, according to a court filing.

The Monday night filing is part of a larger lawsuit challenging the security of state voting machines that has been the subject of a separate investigation. of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to undo his loss in Georgia.

According to the latest filing, Cathy Latham helped coordinate the arrival of a computer forensics team to the Coffee County Board of Elections on January 7, 2021, greeted them upon their arrival, and spent most of the day there. to tell them what to copy. This turned out to be “virtually every component of the electoral system,” the court filing said. This directly refutes his testimony in a sworn deposition and his representations in documents filed with the court, the document states.

The filing comes in response to Latham’s attorneys’ attempt to quash subpoenas for his personal electronic devices, including cellphones, computers and storage devices.

Robert Cheeley, a lawyer for Latham, did not respond to an email seeking comment. He had previously said that his client did not remember all the details of that day. But he said she “would not and was not knowingly involved in any irregularity in an election” and “did not act inappropriately or unlawfully”.

Latham said in a deposition last month that she moved to Texas over the summer. As of January 2021, she served as Coffee County Republican Party Chair and State Party Caucus Chair for more than 125 of Georgia’s smaller counties. Latham was also one of 16 Georgia Republicans who signed a certificate in December 2020 falsely stating that Trump had won the state and declaring that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” voters.

Trump actually lost Georgia by nearly 12,000 votes to Democrat Joe Biden. The investigation into Trump’s efforts to alter the results includes a phone call he made to the Georgia secretary of state suggesting he might “find” just enough votes to make Trump the winner.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office described the copying of Coffee County election system data as “suspected unauthorized access.” This is the latest of several alleged offenses voting system data across the country linked to Trump allies since his election defeat.

Attorney Sidney Powell and other Trump allies helped organize the copying of election materials in Coffee County — it’s home to 43,000 people and voted overwhelmingly for Trump — as part of a larger effort broad to access voting materials in several states, according to documents produced in response to subpoenas in the longstanding Georgia voting machine lawsuit.

Latham’s “data will likely reveal additional details about the work done and information obtained during the breach, what was done with the compromised software and data, and who was involved in planning and orchestrating the breach. , which puts voters and future elections at enormous risk,” the filing states.

An exhibit attached to Monday’s filing juxtaposes quotes from Latham’s deposition with footage taken from security camera footage which seem to directly contradict his statements.

Latham said she went to her job as a high school teacher and briefly stopped by the election office that afternoon. But the video image shows her arriving at 11:37 a.m. while timestamps on other images show her there for much of the day. She also said she did not see specific people and only saw others briefly, but the video footage shows otherwise.

The lawsuit that includes the fight against Latham’s personal electronic devices was originally filed several years before the 2020 election by individual voters and the Coalition for Good Governance, an election security advocacy group. He alleges Georgia’s touchscreen voting machines are unsecured and is seeking to have them replaced with hand-marked paper ballots..

Monday’s filing says plaintiffs identified several specific documents that Latham did not produce in response to a previous subpoena. He is looking for a third party to make a temporary forensic copy of his devices and is looking for reactive documents.

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