A federal judge has quashed an attempt to overturn parts of the new Georgia voter integrity laws. The suit was brought by the Coalition for Good Governance and was denied because the state is about to vote on state runoffs for the state legislature.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee would not “change the law in the ninth inning.”
The judge cited instructions by the Supreme Cort in making his decision.
The Supreme Court issued guidance that says judges should not change election laws when an election is imminent.
Still, he could have taken another route had he found any part of the law was unconstitutional, but he didn’t.
That does leave the possibility that the lawsuit could be revived before the midterm elections in 2022. But, unless they find an activist judge, I see little reason why any parts of the law could be overturned by a judge since there would be no evidence of suppression.
Boulee wrote in his order:
“Election administrators have prepared to implement the challenged rules, have implemented them at least to some extent and now would have to grapple with a different set of rules in the middle of the election. The risk of disrupting the administration of an ongoing election … outweigh[s] the alleged harm to plaintiffs at this time.”
There are a total of eight lawsuits pending over the new Georgia voting law. There will be a lot of people watching the runoff election to see how Blacks and Hispanics vote.
If they vote in numbers equal or higher than the last couple of runoff elections, it will blast a huge hole in the arguments of those opposed to voting that does not allow cheating.
Democrats and left-wing voting rights activists have lambasted the Georgia law, accusing Republicans of attempting to suppress the votes of black Americans and other minority groups through restrictive voter ID requirements and other changes. The Biden Department of Justice is currently suing Georgia, claiming that its new election law unconstitutionally discriminates against black Americans.
The Coalition for Good Governance’s lawsuit challenged lesser-known provisions of the Georgia law, including a prohibition on observing how someone votes while they are in the midst of casting a ballot; a rule forbidding election observers to discuss information they see while processing and scanning absentee ballots with anyone besides other election officials; a ban on estimating the number of absentee ballots cast; a ban on photographing voted ballots; and a shortening of the time period to submit an absentee ballot application to at least 11 days before election day.