Judge throws some claims in old Georgia election proceedings

Atlanta (AP) — A widespread proceeding, filed more than two years ago that challenges Georgia’s election practices, could advance allegations against the state’s “exact match” voter registration requirements. It was relieved by the judge mentioned this week. ..

Democratic Stacey Abrams when she lost slightly to the governor’s election in November 2018 Promised to sue The group she founded, Fair Fight Action, talked about “a serious mismanagement of this election.” Proceedings A few weeks later, state officials claimed that mismanagement violated the constitutional rights of some citizens, especially low-income and voters, and deprived them of their right to vote.

The judge’s decision on Wednesday comes a few days after Georgian Republicans pass a drastic election bill by Republican Governor Brian Kemp. I signed it immediately. Critic Said The law disproportionately deprives voters of their rights, but supporters say it is misrepresented. Judge Steve Jones of the US District Court acknowledged the newly enacted law, but said his order did not address it.

The proceedings include the removal of voters from the voter roster under the “use or lose” policy, and the “exact match” voter registration rules that require information about voter applications that exactly match the state or federal state of the voter system. Many issues were raised regarding. File; Insufficient number of voting machines in some constituencies; Insufficient electoral rolls and sufficient training for voting workers.

After Jones in May 2019 was denied At the request of the state to dismiss the proceedings, state election authorities filed a motion for summary judgment. In other words, he urged the judge to make a favorable judgment based on the facts of the case without going to trial.

Jones issued a 96-page ruling on Wednesday in response to a state request to deny the benefits of the proceedings. Mr Jones said the proceedings against the “exact match” policy could proceed with a claim to cancel the direct absentee ballot. However, he dismissed allegations against the “use or lose” rule, some allegations that he did not properly train voting workers, and some allegations of provisional and absentee ballot denials. did.

In recent years, the “use or lose” policy has attracted attention, with some critics saying that voters will be revoked just because they didn’t vote in recent elections. “Cancelled voters can re-register for voting,” Jones said, and plaintiffs “do not show that the process applies differently to voters of any class,” saying that there is no unconstitutional burden. wrote.

Jones also refused to immediately rule the proceedings alleging that the Georgia election process denied voters equal opportunity to participate in elections that violate voting rights law, and the U.S. Supreme Court will rule later this year. He said he would like to wait. AN Arizona case It causes similar problems.

Jones had previously abandoned several other parts of the proceedings in a February order on jurisdiction issues. In that order, he said some allegations about vulnerabilities in state voting machines and election technology, voter list security, and polling place issues were made irrelevant by changes in state law or lack of plaintiff status. ..

The state’s chief election officer, Secretary of State Brad Rafence’s office, said in an email statement Thursday that evidence of the case was “a widespread systematic allegation of voter oppression was completely false.” He said it shows that.

“We look forward to a full trial on the merits of the few remaining claims and look forward to showing that Abrams’ incendiary rhetoric after the 2018 elections continues to this day.” Said the statement.

In an email statement, Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo said, “Because too many Georgians have been silent for so long due to Secretary of State cheating and intentional indifference.” He said he was looking forward to the trial.

“Our case, which began in 2018, has a long and shameful track record of voter oppression in Georgia, and current election attacks are not new, but part of a long pattern. It shows that, “she said.

The fierce battle campaign between Abrams and Kemp, who oversaw the elections as Secretary of State, drew national scrutiny on claims that Georgia’s outdated voting machines and Kemp’s actions suppressed voting. He violently denied cheating.

In 2019, about six months after the Fair Fight proceedings were filed, legislators passed legislation addressing some of the issues.The biggest change in the law was to completely replace the state’s outdated paperless touchscreen voting machines. New system. The new system relies on a touch screen machine that prints paper ballots, which are scanned and aggregated by a scanner.

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