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Stacey Abrams’ Lawsuit Challenges Georgia’s Voting System

Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is leading a lawsuit that aims to reform Georgia’s voting system as a whole. The lawsuit argues that the overall effect of the various voting regulations and policies is that voters, especially voters of color, are prevented from casting their ballot. The issues the lawsuit targets specifically are: strict voter purges; strict yet flawed “exact match” policies; outdated voter database; outdated machinery; inaccurate voter registration rolls; lack of oversight regarding provisional ballots; and improper dissemination, processing, and counting of absentee ballots. Unlike previous voting lawsuits, this lawsuit targets not a single voting issue, but instead identifies a large group of problems in an attempt to fix Georgia’s broken voting system as a whole.  The suit argues that the culmination of these issues violates the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the due process and equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. This gives the courts the discretion to put Georgia’s voting system under federal supervision again. Previous voting cases that target parts of Georgia’s voting system have been successful, including lawsuits that targeted Georgia’s “exact match” policy and issues involving absentee voting. A federal court has also implied that […]

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