Naples, FL – Today, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in opposition to the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit which targets the State of Georgia and its recently passed Election Integrity law (SB 202).
In the lawsuit, the DOJ claims that seven of SB 202’s provisions were passed with a discriminatory intent on the part of the Georgia General Assembly in violation of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965. FGA’s brief explains why DOJ’s lawsuit is meritless and argues that the case should be dismissed for failing to meet the minimum threshold required under the law. The brief also explains that while the seven provisions of SB 202 that the DOJ challenges do require some effort and compliance with basic rules, the burdens they impose are minimal and apply equally to all, with some of the reforms in SB 202 actually reducing burdens that existed during the last election.
The brief ends with a warning of the consequences that would follow were the Court to take the legally untenable position of finding in favor of the DOJ. Such a finding, according to FGA, would jeopardize legitimate election integrity laws across the nation, undermine the principles of Separation of Powers and Federalism embodied in the Constitution, and encourage the Executive Branch to continue to misuse civil rights laws and taxpayer resources to attack political opponents.
“As a result of the commonsense election reforms included in Georgia’s election integrity law, voters should expect the efficiency of elections in Georgia to continue to improve, and voter participation to continue to rise,” said Chase Martin, Legal Affairs Direct at FGA. “FGA praises the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Kemp for passing these commonsense reforms, and now for standing up to the DOJ as they misuse civil rights laws to attack their political opponents. FGA stands by Georgia, its General Assembly, and Governor Kemp.”
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