“Despite their repeated attempts to evade accountability and hold the counties accountable for their failure to protect the constitutional rights of Georgians, the Secretary of State and the State Election Board will be forced to defend their unlawful conduct on the matter” said Lauran Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, a constituency that has sued the state.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the lawsuit was flawed in much the same way as legal complaints about the 2020 presidential election. The judges repeatedly dismissed charges of fraud or inaccuracies in Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over Republican Donald Trump.
“I appreciate Judge Jones’ decision to reject a number of significant claims and to find that this lawsuit suffers from some of the same problems that fatally challenged the 2020 election. I look forward to his decision on the merits of the remaining claims, ”said Raffensperger.
The decision came after a hearing last month in which Raffensperger’s attorneys argued the case was no longer relevant as the state bought new voting machines, added paper votes to the voting process, revised voter deletion laws, and opposition procedures Changed postal votes.
However, Fair Fight informed the judge that many Georgian voters, especially black voters, continue to face voting obstacles as they did in 2018. Voters stood in long lines at the primaries and dealt with lost or rejected postal ballot papers. In addition, the State Secretary canceled 287,000 registrations in 2019, many of them under the “Use-it-or-lose-it” law.
According to the law, Georgian voters become “inactive” after five years of not voting or contacting election officials. Then their registrations will expire after missing the next two general elections.
Claiming the law targets voters who remain eligible to vote and have not moved, Fair Fight said they should not lose their eligibility to vote just because they wanted to suspend multiple elections.
A lawsuit in this case could take place later this year.
Decision on the proxy complaint
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit over electoral issues in Georgia, but allowed the case to advance multiple claims.
- Voter registration cancellations are based on the “Use-it-or-lose-it” law
- “Exact Match” policy for voter registration information that matches government databases
- Inaccurate voter lists
- Inadequate training of election workers
- Polling station closings
- Unsafe voting technology
- Rejection of postal ballot papers
- Electoral Roll Security
- No adequate means of election provided