Trump-Appointed Decide Refuses to Block Georgia’s New Election Legislation
A Trump-appointed judge on Wednesday refused to block the new Election Integrity Act in Georgia in a major blow to a left-wing group that requested an injunction.
“The court is not convinced of the plaintiffs’ argument in favor of a Purcell exemption, alleging that the First Amendment is harmed. The plaintiffs have neither presented nor known to the court any authority that would support this interpretation of the law, ”US District Judge JP Boulee wrote in his judgment.
Judge Boulee said he did not want to change the law at the last minute as there is a runoff election for two state house counties next week.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said this was “just one more in a series of frivolous lawsuits” against Georgia’s electoral laws. “We’ll keep meeting her and beating her in court.”
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A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block some contested sections of the new electoral law in Georgia ahead of two runoff elections next week, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of future elections.
Election integrity activists had asked US District Judge JP Boulee to ban the state from enforcing sections of the new law related to election observation and a new deadline for requesting postal votes. Her motion arose out of one of eight federal lawsuits in which the new law was challenged.
The targeted request that led to Wednesday’s ruling did not focus on the most criticized parts of the law. The challenged provisions mostly concern the surveillance or the photographing of parts of the electoral process.