A former Georgia Republican Party employee who was a false voter in 2020 misrepresented her role in an alleged violation of voting equipment at a rural election office two months after the last presidential election, according to a court filing.
Monday’s request is part of a broader lawsuit challenging the security of the state’s polling stations, which was included in a separate investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss in Georgia.
According to the latest filing, Cathy Latham helped coordinate the arrival of a computer forensics team to the Coffee County Election Office on January 7, 2021, greeted them on arrival, and spent nearly the entire day briefing them on what to do. copy. This turned out to be “practically every component of the voting system,” the lawsuit says. This directly refutes her testimony in an affidavit and her representations in court filings, the document states.
The order comes in response to an attempt by Latham’s lawyers to overturn subpoenas for his personal electronic devices, including cell phones, computers and storage devices.
Robert Cheeley, Latham’s attorney, did not respond to an email seeking comment. He previously said that his client doesn’t remember all the details of that day. But he said she “was not and would not be knowingly involved in any impropriety in any election” and “did not act improperly or illegally.”
Latham said in a deposition last month that he moved to Texas for the summer. As of January 2021, she was chairman of the Coffee County Republican Party and was the state caucus chairperson for over 125 of Georgia’s smaller counties. Latham was also one of 16 Georgia Republicans who signed a certificate in December 2020 falsely claiming that Trump had won the state and declaring that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” voters.
In fact, Trump lost Georgia by nearly 12,000 votes to Democrat Joe Biden. The investigation into Trump’s efforts to change the results includes a phone call he made to the Georgia secretary of state suggesting he might “find” enough votes to make Trump the winner.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office described the copying of Coffee County electoral system data as “alleged unauthorized access.” It is the latest of several suspected breaches of voting system data across the country linked to Trump allies since his election defeat.
Lawyer Sidney Powell and other Trump allies have been involved in arranging for the copying of voting equipment in Coffee County – which is home to 43,000 people and has voted overwhelmingly for Trump – as part of a broader effort to access voting equipment in several states, according to documents produced in response to subpoenas in the long-running Georgia ballot box process.
Latham’s “data” will likely reveal additional details about the work performed and information obtained in the breach, what was done with the compromised software and data, and the people involved in planning and orchestrating the breach, which put voters and future elections at huge risk. “, says the file.
An exhibit attached to Monday’s file juxtaposes quotes from Latham’s testimony with footage taken from security camera footage that appears to directly contradict his statements.
Latham said she went to her job as a high school teacher and stopped by the election office briefly that afternoon. But the video image shows her arriving at 11:37 am, while the time stamps in other images show her there for most of the day. She also said she didn’t see specific people and saw others only briefly, but video footage shows otherwise.
The lawsuit, which includes the fight over 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. It claims Georgia’s touchscreen voting machines are not secure and seeks to replace them with hand-marked paper ballots.
Monday’s filing said the plaintiffs identified several specific documents that Latham did not file in response to an earlier subpoena. It seeks a third party to make a temporary forensic copy of your devices and look for responsive documents.