A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block parts of Georgia’s election law stating that doing so this close to a pair of runoff elections would confuse voters.
Judge J.P. Boulee of U.S. District Court in Atlanta ruled that challengers had waited too long in seeking an injunction.
“Plaintiffs waited almost three months after SB 202 passed and until the eve before the underlying election to file their motion,” he wrote in an 11-page order.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law,” Boulee added. “Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning.”
Judge Boulee was nominated to the court in August of 2018 by former President Donald Trump. He was confirmed by a vote of 85-11, with 33 Democrats voting ‘yea.’
Fed. judge will not block Georgia’s new election law before state run-offs on July 13.
Says risk of election disruption outweighs plaintiffs’ concerns. Also points to plaintiffs delay in bringing the motion. pic.twitter.com/wyvUovRumh
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) July 7, 2021
Georgia Election Law Survives Challenge – For Now
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While the ruling is a victory for the Georgia election law, Boulee did not rule out blocking parts of it for future elections.
ABC News reports that the judge “reserves judgment on the propriety of taking steps to block any of the challenged parts of the law for future elections.”
Boulee is presiding over all eight of the lawsuits against Georgia’s new election law.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger dismissed the latest challenge as “just another in a line of frivolous lawsuits,” according to ABC.
Of the remaining challenges, Raffensperger added: “We will continue to meet them and beat them in court.”
In light of recent Supreme Court rulings, DOJ’s case against Georgia’s election law is a certain loser. These political activists posing as attorneys are wasting our tax dollars and should drop their case TODAY. #gapolhttps://t.co/Lq6u7WM3Cy
— Chris Carr (@ChrisCarr_Ga) July 6, 2021
Equal Voting Law
The federal judge ruling refusing to block parts of the Georgia election law comes a week after the Supreme Court delivered a major victory for states seeking to tidy up their election laws.
In Brnovich v. DNC, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on ballots cast in the wrong precinct or collected by anyone who isn’t family or a caretaker.
In their opinion, Justice Samuel Alito indicated that just because voting may be “inconvenient for some,” it does not mean access to voting is unequal.
From @WSJopinion: I defended Arizona’s election safeguards before the Supreme Court. The Justices upheld our common-sense election laws against baseless charges of racism, writes Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. https://t.co/5QMNHubs5F
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 7, 2021
President Biden last month put Kamala Harris in charge of expanding voter access through such methods as vote-by-mail and early voting, something the White House defines as ‘protecting voting rights.’
In doing so, Biden referred to efforts to ensure legal and accurate voting as a “truly unprecedented assault on our democracy.”
“It’s simply un-American” @JoeBiden urges voting rights advocates to ramp up efforts to overcome what he says are voter suppression efforts in states.
— Raquel Martin (@RaquelMartinTV) June 1, 2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced late last month that the Justice Department would be filing a lawsuit against Georgia over their election law.
Garland argued that “Georgia’s election laws were enacted with the purpose of denying or abridging the right of black Georgians to vote on account of their race or color.”
The election law, however, contains no race-based language and would be applied equally to all races, all genders, and all people regardless of demographics.
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