In yet another failure in Donald Trump’s maniacal efforts to overturn the results of the election he lost, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday rejected attorney Lin Wood’s request to delay certification of Georgia’s vote.
Ten days after the election Wood sued Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and Election Board Vice Chair Rebecca Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia seeking to reverse certification of the ballot count, which awarded Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes to President-elect Joe Biden. Wood appealed the denial of his lawsuit, but the 11th Circuit agreed that Wood “lacks standing to sue because he fails to allege a particularized injury” in the case.
The appeals court also noted that Georgia’s election results already have been certified and Wood’s “requests for emergency relief are moot to the extent they concern the 2020 election.”
Raffensberger certified the election results on Nov. 20 and Gov. Brian Kemp certified the state’s slate of electors that day.
The appeals court ruling probably is not the kind of welcome that Trump was hoping for in advance of his campaign rally appearance in Valdosta, Ga., Saturday evening. That event ostensibly is in support of GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are facing runoff elections on Jan. 5 against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. There’s much speculation, however, that Trump will use the gathering to continue to argue his unfounded case of election fraud and turn off Republicans to showing up at the polls to support the two senators.