Georgia voting rights fight heads to court
Georgia’s battle to overhaul its elections process is headed to court.
Hours after Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping, controversial elections bill into law Thursday, voting rights groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta. The 35-page complaint says minority voters will be harmed by the new legislation, which, plaintiffs say, illegally suppresses voters’ rights and is in violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit was filed by The New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund, and Rise Inc.
Marc Elias, a prominent Washington, D.C. voting rights attorney, is one of the attorneys representing the voting rights groups in its lawsuit opposing the new law, which limits drop boxes, requires photo ID for absentee voting, and other restrictions. Elias, who has worked with Democrats to expand voting options during the pandemic, was not available for comment at press time. The Atlanta law firm of Krevolin & Horst also is serving as counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.