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Obama judge DENIES lawsuit to reinstate 200k purged Georgia voters before run-off

by J.C McCallum
Obama judge DENIES lawsuit to reinstate 200k purged Georgia voters before run-off

Last week we told you about a lawsuit to reinstate over 200k Georgia voters before the January 5th run-off, which had been purged from the voter rolls in 2019. And that the judge, and Obama pick, would decide on the case soon. Well now we have his decision:

11ALIVE – A federal judge on Wednesday denied a lawsuit seeking to restore 200,000 people to Georgia’s voter rolls ahead of the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs, though he acknowledged “there may be discrepancies” in the records relied on to cancel those registrations in December 2019.

The suit had been brought by a coalition of groups that advocate on behalf of voters of color, including Black Voters Matter Fund and the Rainbow Push Coalition.

The groups argued the 200,000 voters removed from the rolls a year ago had their registrations canceled because they had allegedly moved out of state, though, the suit said, “according to experts in the field, in all likelihood they had not.”

The suit claimed the action was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act. State officials have said they “properly followed the law … to do list maintenance.”

Not only did the judge deny their request, but did it because they lacked standing. He also didn’t believe the state of Georgia acted discriminatorily:

Judge Jones first found that the groups lack standing, ruling they had failed to satisfy a pre-suit notice requirement in the National Voter Registration Act.

Addressing the groups’ claim that the removal of the voters violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, Judge Jones wrote that while they’d shown there were issues with the accuracy of the records used to cancel registrations, that the canceling process itself was not done discriminatorily.

“Plaintiffs have shown that Georgia’s list maintenance process may not be accurate in identifying voters who have actually moved. But they have not shown, or even alleged, that the process is applied differently to any class of voters,” Judge Jones wrote. “Here, there is no evidence at this stage that the list maintenance process is not uniformly applied.”

The judge also ruled, in part, that the process of returning the voters to the rolls would impose an undue burden on the Secretary of State’s Office as it currently administers an election – as well as create confusion around the Jan 5. Senate runoffs.

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong in my assumption that this judge would end up reinstating all of these voters. I said I’d be shocked if he dismissed the case, and while he didn’t dismiss it outright, he did rule against the Democrat groups pushing for this, and yes, I’m shocked. So here’s a bit of good news going into the January 5th run-off.

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