The motion cites changes to Georgia election law under House Bill 316, describes the severe burden to the First Amendment right to vote caused by “use it or lose it” purges, and asks United States District Court Judge Steve C. Jones to stop a purge of voters that is planned for this week.
View the filing here.
“Georgians should not lose their right to vote simply because they have not expressed that right in recent elections, and Georgia’s practice of removing voters who have declined to participate in recent elections violates the United States Constitution,” said Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo. “Moreover, the Secretary of State, who advocated changes to Georgia’s election law earlier this year and applauded passage of House Bill 316, is now attempting to violate that very law, which mandates a longer timetable before voters can be removed under ‘use it or lose it.’ As our groundbreaking lawsuit against the Secretary of State moves forward, we have asked the court to step in and stop this illegal purge.”
Last month, the Secretary of State announced his intention to purge more than 300,000 voters from the rolls. 120,561 Georgia voters are being removed solely because they have chosen not to vote in recent elections.
Fair Fight Action is presenting declarations from Georgians who have exercised their First Amendment right to not cast a ballot in recent elections but whose right to vote should not be taken away. In addition, Fair Fight Action is presenting sworn testimony from the State’s own witnesses that demonstrates the illegality of this planned purge.
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