A federal judge has denied a motion by a voting rights group to invalidate parts of Georgia’s new voting law.
The Coalition for Good Governance filed the lawsuit against Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and the State Election Board to stop enforcement parts of the newly-passed voting law, including The “Observation Rule,” the “Observation Rule,” the “Communication Rule,” the “Tally Rule,” the “Ballot Application Rule.”
“Liberty requires at least three essential things—an unfettered right to vote, freedom of speech, and the meaningful separation of powers. This lawsuit is necessary to preserve individual constitutional rights and constitutional government against the attacks that SB202 makes on these three pillars of liberty,” the group said.
The judge’s move comes a week before the state’s legislature runoff elections.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee denied a motion to block parts of SB202. The judge says that changing the rules will jeopardize the ongoing runoff elections.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law. Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning,” the judge wrote.
The Georgia voting law requires that voters present identification for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, allows state officials the right to take over local election boards, and makes it a crime to hand out water and food to voters in line at poll centers.
The runoff elections for Georgia House seats are on July 13, 2021.
Judge Boulee believes that changes to the legislation can be made at a later date.
“The Court reserves judgment regarding the propriety of relief as to future elections and will issue a separate order on this question at a later date.”
The state of Georgia is also being sued by the United States Department of Justice over the voting bills.
Republican lawmakers across the country are creating legislation to limit voting access. Former President Donald Trump is the culprit for the Republican’s efforts to change the voting laws. After losing the 2020 presidential election, President Trump has steadily repeated the lie that the elections were rigged and stolen from him.