ACLU of Georgia

Press Advisory: ACLU of Georgia Voting Rights Attorney to Testify Opposing Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration Investigating Baseless Voting Challenges

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 10, 2022
MEDIA CONTACT: Dorrie Toney, media@acluga.org

WhatACLU of Georgia Voting Rights Attorney Caitlin May will testify at a Cobb Board of Elections & Registration meeting. Details of the meeting can be found here.

WhereCobb County Commissioner’s Meeting Room100 Cherokee Street NEMarietta, GA 30090

WhenOctober 10, 2022, 3 p.m.

Quote“The ACLU of Georgia believes voting should be accessible for every citizen, and the process to remove voters from rolls or flag them as challenged voters should always be in strict compliance with state and federal law. Bare-bones challenges to voters in the immediate run-up to an election, places an undue burden on voters and on election workers.” — Caitlin May, ACLU of Georgia Voting Rights Staff Attorney.

BackgroundHundreds of insufficient voter challenges have been filed in recent weeks in Cobb County. Election officials should not continue to investigate these challenges because:

  1. These challenges do not meet the probable cause standard required to sustain a challenge to an individual’s right to vote in Georgia;
  2. The National Voter Registration Act prohibits systematic removals of voters within 90 days of an election; and
  3. State law gives a clear two-step process for these challenges, which does not include election workers doing their own research into the challenges because challengers failed to do so themselves. The Board must determine whether the challenges, on their face, establish the requisite probable cause.

DocumentsPrepared remarks, Caitlin May, ACLU of Georgia Voting Rights Attorney
ACLU of Georgia Letter to Cobb Board of Elections & Registration