Pro-Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood urged Georgians not to vote in a runoff that will determine control of the Senate in January until state officials pick up unsubstantiated claims that President-elect Joe Biden is white House won through electoral fraud.
Powell and Wood do not officially work for the Trump campaign but have litigated on his behalf. Speaking to the president's supporters at a press conference in Atlanta, Powell said citizens should not vote until Georgia revises its procedures and finishes using Dominion voting machines.
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"I encourage all Georgians to make it known that you will not vote until your vote is certain – and I mean that regardless of party," Powell said. "We can't live in a republic, a free republic, if we don't know that our votes are legal and safe. So we need to have a voter ID and probably go back to the signed paper votes and have your fingerprint on them. We definitely should be able to find a system that can count them, even if it has to be done by hand. "
The Trump campaign distanced itself from Powell last month after repeatedly claiming that multiple states had electoral fraud without producing any evidence to support their claims. Powell has alleged that Dominion's electric voting machines switched Trump's votes to Biden – an accusation that election officials have flatly denied.
Wood targeted Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue during the press conference, calling on Georgia Senate candidates to stand up for Trump. The attorney is best known for his defense of Richard Jewell, the security officer who was falsely accused in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing and was later exonerated.
Wood called on Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp to convene a special session of the state assembly to investigate the electoral fraud.
"This is Georgia – we're not stupid. We're not going to vote on another machine from China on January 5th. You won't fool the Georgians again. If Kelly Loeffler wants your vote, if David Perdue wants your vote, they have to deserve it, "said Wood." You have to repeatedly and consistently demand, Brian Kemp, convene a special session of the Georgia State Legislature. And if they don't, they don't deserve your vote. "
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Top Republicans, including Trump himself, have raised concerns that his supporters in Georgia could withhold support for Loeffler and Perdue in the crucial runoff elections. Trump will appear on her behalf at a rally on Saturday.
A group of 16 former Georgia GOP leaders, including Loeffler's Senate predecessor Johnny Isakson, urged Republicans to ignore calls to participate in a boycott.
"[W] Without every vote for President Trump and all of our Republican candidates in the US Senate runoff election on November 3rd, the trajectory of our state and nation will irreparably change on January 5th," they said GOP leader.