ATLANTA (AP) — A former Republican Party official in Georgia who was a faux elector in 2020 misrepresented her function in an alleged breach of voting equipment at a rural elections workplace two months after the final presidential election, in keeping with a court docket submitting.

The submitting late Monday is a part of a broader lawsuit difficult the safety of the state’s voting machines that has been drawn into a separate investigation of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his loss in Georgia.

Based on the most recent submitting, Cathy Latham helped coordinate the arrival of a pc forensics staff on the Espresso County elections workplace on Jan. 7, 2021, welcomed them upon arrival and spent almost all day there instructing them what to repeat. That turned out to be “just about each element of the voting system,” the court docket submitting says. That immediately refutes her testimony in a sworn deposition and her representations in filings with the court docket, the doc states.

The submitting is available in response to Latham’s attorneys’ try to quash subpoenas for her private digital gadgets, together with any cellphones, computer systems and storage gadgets.

Robert Cheeley, an lawyer for Latham, didn’t reply to an electronic mail looking for remark. He beforehand mentioned his consumer doesn’t bear in mind all the small print of that day. However he mentioned she “wouldn’t and has not knowingly been concerned in any impropriety in any election” and “has not acted improperly or illegally.”

Latham mentioned in a deposition final month that she moved to Texas over the summer season. In January 2021, she was chair of the Espresso County Republican Occasion and was the state occasion caucus chair for greater than 125 of Georgia’s smaller counties. Latham additionally was considered one of 16 Georgia Republicans who signed a certificates in December 2020 falsely stating that Trump had gained the state and declaring that they had been the state’s “duly elected and certified” electors.

Trump in reality misplaced Georgia by almost 12,000 votes to Democrat Joe Biden. The investigation into Trump’s efforts to vary the outcomes features a telephone name he made to the Georgia secretary of state suggesting he may “discover” simply sufficient votes to make Trump the winner.

The Georgia secretary of state’s workplace has described the copying of knowledge from Espresso County’s election system as an “alleged unauthorized entry.” It’s the most recent of several suspected breaches of voting system information across the nation tied to Trump allies since his election loss.

Lawyer Sidney Powell and different Trump allies had been concerned in arranging for the copying of the election gear in Espresso County — it’s house to 43,000 individuals and voted overwhelmingly for Trump — as a part of a wider effort to entry voting gear in a number of states, in keeping with paperwork produced in response to subpoenas within the long-running lawsuit over Georgia’s voting machines.

Latham’s “information doubtless will reveal extra particulars in regards to the work carried out and knowledge obtained within the breach, what was finished with the compromised software program and information, and the individuals concerned in planning and orchestrating the breach, which places voters and future elections at monumental danger,” the submitting says.

An exhibit connected to the Monday submitting juxtaposes quotes from Latham’s deposition with photographs pulled from security camera footage that seem to immediately contradict her statements.

Latham mentioned that she went to her job as a highschool instructor and stopped by the election workplace briefly that afternoon. However the video picture exhibits her arriving at 11:37 a.m. whereas time stamps on different photographs present her there all through a lot of the day. She additionally mentioned she didn’t see particular individuals and noticed others solely briefly, however the video photographs present in any other case.

The lawsuit that features the struggle over Latham’s private digital gadgets was initially filed a number of years earlier than the 2020 election by particular person voters and the Coalition for Good Governance, an election safety advocacy group. It alleges that Georgia’s touchscreen voting machines usually are not safe and seeks to have them replaced by hand-marked paper ballots.

The Monday submitting mentioned the plaintiffs have recognized a number of particular paperwork that Latham failed to supply in response to a earlier subpoena. It seeks to have a 3rd occasion make a short lived forensic copy of her gadgets and seek for responsive paperwork.

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