Federal judge rejects Georgia election lawsuit

Federal judge rejects Georgia election lawsuit
Gavel on wooden block (Source: Gray News)

ATLANTA (WALB) - A federal judge on Wednesday added to what the Georgia Secretary of State’s office said is a “long string of recent courtroom victories.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said this came after a ruling against four groups trying to reinstate the voter registrations of thousands that no longer live in Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 runoff.

“This lawsuit from left-leaning groups — like the recent ones from the right — was based on conjecture by unqualified ‘experts’ drawn from sloppy analysis,” Raffensperger said. “This office abides by the law regardless of criticism and oversees fair and accurate elections open to all eligible voters — but only eligible Georgia voters.”

U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones rejected claims by four voting-rights groups. Raffensperger’s office said those groups argued last week that the voter registrations of nearly 200,000 people were improperly canceled last year.

The judge denied their request to have the registrations restored before the runoffs for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats and a post on the public service commission.

“The cancelations were completed during routine list maintenance last year as required by state and federal law. The secretary of state’s office made public the list of people subject to cancelation two months in advance. News outlets reviewing it found that the people on it had moved years ago,” Raffensperger’s office said in a release. “Before cancelation, each person was sent a letter instructing them to complete an attached postage-paid postcard if they wanted to stay registered to vote. They had also ignored a similar letter four years earlier when their registration became inactive, although voting once in that time would have returned them to active status and prevented cancelation. In the lawsuit, the groups relied on conclusions from an itinerant journalist who cross-referenced the list of cancelations with commercial lists used by large mailers for address correction, a process known to produce a large number of errors due to common names.”

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