Enlarge / A man casts his ballot during a special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election at North Fulton Government Service Center on June 20, 2017 in Sandy Springs, Georgia. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Georgia state officials said Monday that the recent reports of server deletion “were not undertaken to delete evidence.” The conclusion came as part of a two-page “investigation report” authored by Ryan Germany of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
As Ars reported last week, a university server and its backups, believed to be key to a pending federal lawsuit filed against Georgia election officials, were deleted, according to e-mails recently released under a public records request.
Also this week, the state’s Office of the Attorney General (OAG) told plaintiffs that it would no longer be representing state election officials.

The lawsuit will now be taken over by Barnes Law Group, headed by former Georgia Governor Ray Barnes.
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