US District Judge J.P. Boulee has ruled against an attempt to overturn portions of a recent Georgia voting law. The Coalition for Good Governance, who filed the lawsuit, had hoped to invalidate, in time for upcoming state run-offs, a provision requiring voters to request absentee ballots at least 11 days before election day. While the effort to file an injunction before the run-offs has failed, the Coalition’s larger lawsuit against the voting law is still pending in federal court. Visit the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to learn more.
The University of Georgia released a poll concerning the state’s controversial new voting law. The poll suggests steep partisan disagreements over many provisions, but also some ideological overlap. While Republican and Democratic voters largely disagreed about whether a driver’s license or equivalent ID should be required for absentee voting, voters of both parties supported early voting opportunities. Additionally, a majority of those polled were opposed to the new policy forbidding the service of food and drink to voters who are waiting in line. Visit the
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order designed to reduce the impact of Georgia’s new voting law on voters of color. The order plans to find ways to expand access to the ballot box for Atlanta voters, including training city staff on voter registration, how to obtain required identification, and general information concerning early, absentee, and in-person voting.Visit the Atlanta Journal Constitution to learn more.Image credit: Senate Democrats (CC BY 2.0) Voter Education Week Young adults will be the nation’s largest voting bloc
The Georgia Senate voted to restrict absentee voting to those who are at least 65 years old, have a physical disability, or are out of town. They also voted to require Georgians to provide a driver’s license number, state ID, or other identification. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing the measure.Visit the Atlanta Journal Constitution to learn more.Image credit: Connor Carey (CC BY-SA 3.0) Voter Education Week Young adults will be the nation’s largest voting bloc in the upcoming
A federal judge has narrowed the focus of a sweeping 2018 lawsuit filed by voting rights activists in Georgia alleging multiple issues with the state’s voting laws. The judge has limited the lawsuit to focus primarily on the state’s voter purge law. The judge threw out claims about voting machines, voter list security, polling place closures, and inadequate resources, arguing that changes in the law since 2018 and a lack of standing by the plaintiffs have made those claims irrelevant. A trial could be