ACLU of Georgia v. Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections
On July 18, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sued the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections for violating state law when it approved a set of polling place closures and changes without giving adequate notice to the public.
Georgia law requires election officials to publish proposed polling place changes for at least 14 consecutive days before approving them. Last week, the Board voted to close or move several polling places in predominantly Black neighborhoods and published the proposed changes just 6 days in advance.
The lawsuit asked the court to require the Board to reconsider the changes after following the public notice requirements in state law.
In response to the ACLU of Georgia lawsuit, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections agreed to reconsider the set of polling place closures and changes in predominantly Black neighborhoods and provide the public with adequate notice of the proposed changes before voting on them.
After the lawsuit was filed, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections voluntarily rescinded their polling place closures.
Date filed July 18, 2017
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia, Inc.