The suit, brought by Group Democracy Forward of National Democratic Party lawyer Mark Elias, attempted to challenge a long roster of voters, as their registrations matched the records of the US Postal Service change address. Voting officials in the two counties agreed to remove voters, despite Democrats warning that such postal data are not reliable or conclusive indicators that a voter has left their local residence.
After Gardner’s rule, Elias Ruled As a “blow to GOP voter suppression”.
“We continue to monitor how the Georgia counties respond to the suppression plan,” he said. “Where necessary, we will sue and we will win.”
The evidence to challenge 4,000 registrations in Muskogee County was particularly sparse. The challenge was filed on 14 December by a local voter named Ralph Russell who alleged that he compared evidence from a publicly accessible voter registration database to prove that these voters had moved out of Georgia.
Russell reported, “I believe that each person has kept the name … as a result of entering their name and changing the address to a location outside Muskoi County, removed to another state with the intention of creating a new state Gone, “Russell told the county board. “Thus, each person has lost their residence in Muscogee County, and as a result, each person is ineligible to vote in Muscogee County.”
The Muskogee board met on 16 December and supported Russell’s proposal 3–1, even though he did not attend the meeting and provided no additional evidence to support his challenge. According to the board, Russell’s list would require voters to vote by provisional voting and submit additional evidence of residency to vote.
In Ben Hill County, the board voted 2–1 to support a challenge filed by Ga Roberts, a member of the city council in Fitzgerald. Roberts similarly relied on the change’s address data, and the board supported it despite the evidence. The data cannot be verified and would be inappropriate in court.
The guard attorney said, “Despite this advice from the county attorney, the Ben Hill board found there was probable cause to sustain the challenges.”
Gardner’s 11-page decision released Monday night It was noted that the expulsion of voters appeared to violate federal law because they were not given proper notice and because they are eligible for cleaning the voter list arranged within 90 days of the federal election.
The Muskogee board filed a motion earlier on Monday stating that Gardner must remove himself from the case based on his relationship with his sister, Abrams.
Lawyers for the board described Abrams as “a Georgia politician and voting rights activist who was the Democratic nominee in the Georgia Gubernatorial election in 2018 and has been involved in various ways to increase voter registration and vote for the 2020 general election in Georgia.” Engaged in highly publicized efforts. “
Gardner’s motion to reconsider Significantly, Abrams, a voter registration group associated with Fair Fight, filed a lawsuit in another federal court in Georgia last week complaining that a national organization dedicated to targeting voter fraud, True the Vote, heads The leadership is unfairly challenging Georgia voters. Runoff until 5 January.
The board’s attorney wrote, “Abrams’ participation in Fair Fight Litigation … is sufficient to meet the standard for mandatory judicial reorientation.” “Abrams has a clear interest in the outcome of this proceeding and other similar litigation in Georgia due to advocacy of voting through projects such as Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project.”
Gardner, an appointment by President Barack Obama, noted in her ruling request to take note of the restraining request and said she was deciding to withdraw.
“The Court reviewed the motion and found that there was no basis for reconsideration. An order detailing the court’s reasoning is forthcoming, ”the judge wrote.