On Wednesday, a federal court ruled against an organisation that was contesting portions of Georgia’s new voting legislation, citing pending runoff elections in the state legislature.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee of the Northern District of Georgia said he was unwilling to stop sections of the bill in the midst of state House runoff elections next week.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law,” he stated in the decision. “Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning.”
Boulee, though, left open the possibility to rule on the matter in the future.
“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,” he wrote.
The Coalition for Good Governance action is distinct from the Justice Department’s legal challenge against the new statute approved in March. The legislation requires voter identification, limits the number of ballot drop boxes, and empowers the state to take over municipal elections.
Critics claim that the new limitations are unfair to persons of colour.
President Joe Biden won Georgia’s electoral votes and both Senate seats in the 2020 election, causing former President Donald Trump to falsely accuse the state of voter fraud. Trump accused the state of allowing thousands of illegitimate ballots to be cast, but a recount and audit proved otherwise.
ed Biden’s narrow win.