Ga. federal judge declines to strike down parts of voting law ahead of July 13 runoff elections
UPDATED 6:03 PM PT – Wednesday, July 7, 2021
A federal judge in Georgia said he won’t strike down parts of the state’s new voting law. On Wednesday, Trump-appointed judge J.P. Boulee said he struck down the lawsuit brought by the Coalition for Good Governance because there are already runoff elections underway in the state.
The lawsuit alleges the law infringes on voter’s First Amendment rights and is a violation of the Voting Rights Act. He added the court may issue a judgement on voting rules at a later date when elections are not already ongoing.
“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,” said Boulee.
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Georgia’s new voting law, which passed along party lines following the 2020 elections, makes a number of changes seeking to ensure election integrity. This, including stricter voting ID rules and a limit on ballot drop boxes.
Meanwhile, Georgia is slated to hold runoff elections for two House seats on July 13.