A federal decide let components of Georgia’s sweeping voting regulation stand on Wednesday, declining to block them from taking impact per week earlier than runoff elections for state legislative seats.
In his order, Judge J. P. Boulee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia mentioned he was basing his resolution on the imminence of the July 13 elections and never the deserves of the case.
“The court certainly appreciates the gravity of the First and Fourteenth Amendment harms plaintiffs have alleged,” Judge Boulee wrote, however “concerns in this case with respect to the July 13, 2021 runoff elections, including the risk of disrupting the administration of an ongoing election, outweigh the alleged harm to plaintiffs at this time.”
He continued, “The Court reserves judgment regarding the propriety of relief as to future elections and will issue a separate order on this question at a later date.”
The Georgia secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, celebrated the choice, saying in an announcement: “This is just another in the line of frivolous lawsuits against Georgia’s election law based on misinformation and lies. We will continue to meet them and beat them in court.”
The lawsuit was filed by the Coalition for Good Governance, a nonprofit group whose said mission is to defend election safety and transparency. It challenges a number of provisions within the Georgia regulation, S.B. 202, together with one which shortened the timeframe for requesting absentee ballots and others that banned folks from photographing ballots or deliberately observing a voter’s decisions.