ATLANTA — A former Georgia Republican Party official, who was a false voter in 2020, misrepresented her role in an alleged breach of voting equipment at a nationwide polling station two months after the last presidential election, a court says.
The filing late Monday is part of a wider lawsuit that questions the security of the state’s voting machines and is involved in a separate investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his loss in Georgia.
CCTV footage from the Coffee County Electoral Office shows Cathy Latham, then Republican Party chairman, welcoming a computer forensics team when it arrived on Jan. 7, 2021, introducing the team to local election officials and spending nearly all day there. She also instructed the team what to copy, which turned out to be “pretty much every part of the voting system,” the filing says. .
The filing is in response to the attempt by Latham’s attorneys to quash subpoenas for her personal electronic devices, including cell phones, computers and storage devices.
Robert Cheeley, a lawyer for Latham, did not respond to an email asking for comment. He previously said that his client does not remember all the details of that day. But he said she “was not and would not have been involved in any impropriety in an election” and “has not acted inappropriately or illegally”.
Latham said in a statement last month that she moved to Texas over the summer. In January 2021, she chaired the Coffee County Republican Party and served as the state party caucus chairperson for more than 125 smaller Georgia counties. Latham was also one of 16 Georgian Republicans who signed a certificate in December 2020 falsely claiming that Trump won the state and declaring that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” voters.
Trump even 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 with Georgia’s secretary of state, a fellow Republican, who suggested he might “find” just enough votes to make Trump the winner.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat who is leading that investigation, has informed Latham and the other fake voters that they face criminal charges.
The Office of the Secretary of State for Georgia has described copying data from Coffee County’s electoral system as “alleged unauthorized access” and last month asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved. It is the latest of several suspected breaches of voting system data across the country linked to Trump allies since his election loss.
Attorney Sidney Powell and other Trump allies were involved in arranging the copying of the election equipment in Coffee County — where 43,000 people live and overwhelmingly voted for Trump — as part of a wider effort to access voting equipment in several states, according to documents produced in response to subpoenas in the long-running lawsuit over Georgia’s voting machines.
Latham’s records are likely to 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, thereby voters and future elections are at enormous risk,” the dossier says.
A piece of evidence attached to Monday’s filing juxtaposes quotes from Latham’s statement with CCTV footage that appears to directly contradict her statements.
Latham said she went to work as a high school teacher and stopped by the polling station that afternoon. But the video image shows her arriving at 11:37 AM, and timestamps on other images show her there for much of the day. She also said she didn’t see specific people and others only briefly, but the video footage shows otherwise.
The lawsuit involving the battle 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 wants to replace them with hand-marked paper ballots.
The Monday filing said the plaintiffs identified multiple documents that Latham was unable to provide in response to a previous subpoena. It is trying to get a third party to create a temporary forensic copy of its devices and search for responsive documents.