Fulton County judge in Georgia ruled Friday that a group of voters, who believe that the county counted fraudulent ballots, can unseal and review absentee ballots from the November election last year.

The case started with a lawsuit filed on December 24, 2020 by dozens of citizens challenging the management of Fulton County’s election workers.

“Petitioners shall only be permitted to inspect and scan said ballots in accordance with protocols and practices that will be set forth by further order of the Court,” County’s Superior Court Judge Brian Amero said in a ruling. 

Georgia’s Fulton County has been a center of conspiracy theories around the presidential election last November. Because of the COVID pandemic and a law passed before the election that made absentee ballot easier, more people choose to vote using that option. 

However, many conspiracy theorists have been insisting that the absentee ballot made the 2020 election vulnerable to fraud and filing numerous unsuccessful lawsuits. 

Despite the court rulings that have dismissed the fraudulent claims for lack of evidence, the state of Georgia conducted three audits shortly after the election, using both by hand and a machine recounts, which only reaffirmed the original outcome.

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