Press Release: Civil Rights Groups Sue Georgia Over New Sweeping Voter Suppression Law
ACLU, NAACP LDF, SPLC File Lawsuit on Behalf of Groups Representing Voters of Color and Other Historically Disenfranchised Communities
ATLANTA — Civil rights groups have filed a new federal lawsuit against Georgia’s sweeping law that makes it much harder for all Georgians to vote, particularly voters of color, new citizens, and religious communities.
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and law firms WilmerHale, and Davis Wright Tremaine brought the case on behalf of the, , , , and
The law being challenged is S.B. 202, which was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in under seven hours last Thursday. These elected officials’ actions follow the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 runoff elections for two seats to the U.S. Senate that saw record turnout of voters, particularly Black voters, in Georgia.
The elections were celebrated not just for their turnout, but also for their integrity, with Georgia officials praising them as safe and secure. But rather than act to expand participation in the political process, Georgia leaders responded by doing what they have done many times in the state’s history: they placed burdensome, unjustified, and unnecessary restrictions on voters, particularly voters of color and other historically disenfranchised communities.
The lawsuit challenges multiple provisions in S.B. 202, including the following:
ban on mobile voting
new narrow identification requirements for requesting and casting an absentee ballot
delayed and compressed time period for requesting absentee ballots
restrictions on secure drop boxes
out-of-precinct provisional ballot disqualification
drastic reduction in early voting in runoff elections
perhaps most cruelly, ban on “line warming,” where volunteers provide water and snacks to Georgians, disproportionately those of color, who wait in needlessly long lines to cast their vote