Lawsuit: Georgia Is Suppressing GA-6 Voters With Registration Deadline
A group of civil rights organizations sued Georgia on Thursday, accusing the state of violating federal voting rights law by requiring voters to register three months in advance of a federal runoff election. The lawsuit claims that the state’s policy will prevent “untold numbers of people from voting” in the state’s hotly contested runoff in June between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
The National Voter Registration Act bars states from cutting off voter registration for federal elections—including runoff elections—more than 30 days before the election takes place. Yet under Georgia’s three-month deadline for runoff elections, those who didn’t register before March 20 will be barred from participation this summer. The lawsuit, filed by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, is demanding the state allow voters to register until May 22.
“Citizens of Georgia are being unlawfully blocked from registering to vote,” Ezra Rosenberg, an attorney Lawyers’ Committee, said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “We are taking up their cause to make sure people who want to vote can vote in the June 20th election.” Read full story here