Federal Judge Timothy Batten reportedly dismissed Sidney Powell’s lawsuit Monday that alleged widespread voter fraud and sought to overturn the election results in Georgia.
The ruling came during a hearing in Atlanta federal court where Powell alleged that President Donald Trump was the victim of widespread voter fraud caused by Georgia’s use of Dominion voting machines, according to CNBC.
“The relief that the plaintiffs seek this court cannot grant,” Batten said, according to the report. “They ask the court to order the Secretary of State to decertify the election results as if such a mechanism even exists, and I find that it does not.”
Batten dismissed the case on the grounds that the suit didn’t belong in federal court. His ruling did not rule on the merits of Powell’s claim, according to CNBC. (RELATED: AZ Legislators To Call For Decertification Of Election)
Batten said Powell should have filed her suit in state court because federal courts “don’t entertain post-election conduct, excuse me, contests about vote-counting misconduct.”
He also said that Powell waited too long to file the suit, according to WSB-TV.
“Additionally, I find that the plaintiffs waited too long to file this suit. Their primary complaint involves the Dominion ballot marking devices. They say those machines are susceptible to fraud,” Batten said, according to the report. “There is no reason they could not have followed the administrative procedure act to the rule-making authority that had been exercised by the Secretary of State.”
“The suit could have been filed months ago at the time these machines were adopted,” Batten added. “Instead, the plaintiffs waited until over three weeks after the election to file the suit.”
Batten originally ordered on Nov. 29 that Dominion voting machines in Cobb, Gwinnett and Cherokee Counties could not erase any data after Powell filed the suit seeking to inspect the machines and data. Batten ordered Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to provide any evidence as to why the machines shouldn’tbe inspected.
However, Monday’s decision threw the case out.
U.S. District Judge Linda Parker tossed out another one of Powell’s election lawsuits Monday as well. The suit alleged “corrupt election machines and software” tainted the results and led to President-elect Joe Biden winning. The suit sought to impound all the voting machines and software used in the election for inspection.
Parker denied the request, noting similarly to Batten that the plaintiffs missed the deadlines for challenging the election results.