Fighting Back for Voters: Fair Fight v. Raffensperger
Fair Fight is challenging Georgia’s unconstitutional elections policies and procedures in a historic federal lawsuit against the Georgia Secretary of State and Board of Elections.
Battle over Georgia voting rights escalates in federal court
Article excerpt: U.S. District Judge Steve Jones ruled against the state government’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit May 30, allowing the case to move forward.
ABOUT OUR CASE
The fight for voting rights and freedom from systemic voter suppression must happen on multiple fronts: advocacy, legislation, and litigation.
The Constitution of the United States and other federal laws already guarantee many voter protections not only to voters in Georgia, but to voters across the country.
During the 2018 elections, and building on a long-history of suppressing the right to vote, the Secretary of State and the State Elections Board of Georgia violated these federal voting-rights laws. They created and enforced unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful policies and engaged in gross mismanagement. This led to an election that deprived Georgia citizens, particularly citizens of color, of their fundamental right to vote. To enforce these federal protections and correct these violations of federal law, Fair Fight turned to the courtroom.
To fix these unacceptable violations of Georgians’ voting rights, guaranteed by federal law, our lawsuit demands definitive improvements to the Georgia elections system for three stages of voting:
Our lawsuit, initially filed in November 2018, seeks to hold the Georgia government accountable for an elections system that violates various rights of Georgia voters under federal law, including:
Fair Fight is asking the court to implement a remedy that includes, among other demands:
This lawsuit, while focused on transforming the unacceptable, unlawful, and unconstitutional elections system in Georgia, is one that Fair Fight believes will further pave the way for free and fair elections nationwide. When our right to vote is imperiled in any state, all Americans are threatened.
FOLLOW THE CASE
To illustrate our claims and shine a spotlight on the broken elections system of Georgia, Fair Fight has gathered statements from hundreds of Georgia voters in every region of our state.
If you are a Georgia voter who is interested in sharing the story of the issues you experienced while voting, or attempting to vote, in the 2018 election cycle, please share your story
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