“We are pleased to have the opportunity to argue this important case concerning the sacred, constitutional right to vote,” stated Sean J. Young, Legal Director of the ACLU of Georgia and lead attorney in the case. “We look forward to a fair resolution that will protect voter rights for all Georgia citizens, because voting is the cornerstone of our democracy.”
“Every day, absentee voters are having their ballots rejected due to an unconstitutional law that fails to give them pre-rejection notice or an opportunity to have their validly-cast ballots counted,” begins the ACLU of Georgia’s reply memorandum in support of law in support of motion for temporary restraining order. Click here.
Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia
Sean Young, Legal Director, ACLU of Georgia
Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, President of the Board of Directors, Georgia Muslim Voter Project
Stephanie Cho, Executive Director, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta Phi Nguyen, Litigation Director, Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta
Press conference immediately following federal court proceeding challenging Georgia’s signature-match law
Court will take place
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Steps of the Richard B. Russell Federal Building
Press Conference immediately following court.
The ACLU of Georgia, representing the Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, had filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order that would provide due process to absentee voters whose ballots are rejected due to an alleged signature mismatch.
As the lawsuit explains, “[a] person’s signature … may vary for a variety of reasons, both intentional and unintentional. Unintentional factors include age, physical and mental condition, disability, medication, stress, accidents, and inherent differences in a person’s neuromuscular coordination and stance. Variants are more prevalent in people who are older, disabled, or who speak English as a second language.”
Specifically, the lawsuit asks the court to require elections officials to provide absentee voters the opportunity to confirm their identity or otherwise resolve the alleged discrepancy.