Judge dismisses Fulton County ballot review case in Georgia

A judge in Georgia on Wednesday dismissed a case that could have paved the way for an audit of Fulton County’s ballots, bringing to a close the final outstanding lawsuit challenging Georgia’s election results.

The ballot review was set to move ahead in Georgia’s most populous county after a judge ruled in May that absentee ballots could be unsealed for parties looking to examine them for evidence of fraud.

The case came as conservatives have clamored for and followed through with election audits in a number of states in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s November loss. The baseless belief that there was widespread fraud has persisted among some Republicans, despite a lack of evidence.

Henry County Judge Brian Amero, in dismissing the case, wrote that the petitioners who brought the lawsuit lacked standing to do so and “failed to allege a particularized injury.”

Amero had already dismissed a case against Fulton County and its elections board, but did not dismiss cases against specific board members, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

The judge’s ruling Wednesday comes a day after the Georgia secretary of state’s office filed a brief in the case stating that “the Secretary’s investigators have been unable to substantiate the allegations that fraudulent or counterfeit ballots were counted in the 2020 General Election in Fulton County.” The office said that conclusion was reached after interviews and inspecting some 1,000 absentee ballots and ballot images.

The election skeptics who filed the lawsuit had claimed an audit was necessary to determine if counterfeit ballots had been cast.

“All citizens of Georgia have a right to know whether or not counterfeit ballots were injected into the Fulton Co. election results, how many were injected, where they came from and how we can prevent it from happening again in future elections,” said Garland Favorito, one of the parties who brought the lawsuit. “It is not adequate for any organization to secretly tell us there are no counterfeit ballots and refuse to let the public inspect them.”

“Judge Amero’s Ruling means that the Favorito et al. vs. Fulton County et al. is now over. The case has been dismissed and there will be no further proceedings of any kind in this specific case,” a spokesperson for Fulton County said in a statement to CNN.

Former President Donald Trump — who is still trying to claim victory in Georgia, a state that flipped from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020, and has peddled lies that the election was stolen there — also weighed in Wednesday, calling the dismissed case “a disgrace.”

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Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money

Disneyland Figures Out a New to Make More Money

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(CNN Business) – Millions of guests visit Disney theme parks each year, and most of them probably loathe waiting 90 minutes to ride “Peter Pan’s Flight.” So now Disney is rolling out a new service that will help park goers streamline their visits and cut down on wait times.

Genie” — which debuts this fall at California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World — is a new digital service that will “maximize your park time, so you can have more fun,” according to the company.

“From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more — just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you,” Disney (DIS) said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro told CNN Business this week that the company listened to guests who want the theme park experience to be simpler, straightforward and tailored “for them.”

“You tell Genie what you are interested in specifically — whether that be an attraction, a food, a character — and Genie’s going to come back to you and tell you how to make the most of your day,” D’Amaro said.

The free service will be built into Disney Parks’ established apps along with a paid version called “Disney Genie+” that allows guests to access the “Lightning Lane” for $15 at Disney World and $20 at Disneyland.

“Lightning Lane” is basically a paid version of a benefit that used to be free for guests: Disney’s FastPass, which allowed visitors to book ride and attraction times in advance to avoid long waits.

As Disneyland retires the Fastpass and unveils their new pay-for Genie+ service to manage lines/crowds, Nikki Medoro and Bret Burkhart wonder if people will actually pay more to avoid lines. Also, Brett Favre says kids should avoid tackle football before age 14.