Lawsuit brought by the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, League of Women Voters of Georgia, Galeo Latino Community Development Fund, Common Cause, and the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe challenging several provisions of Georgia voter suppression law Senate Bill 202, which restricts access to early in-person voting, absentee ballots, and drop boxes. The bill also criminalizes giving food and water to voters waiting in line at polling places.
Georgia’s omnibus voter suppression bill, SB202, targets early in-person and absentee voting, limits the hours and use of drop boxes, and criminalizes providing food and water to voters who are waiting in line to vote. In March 2021, the League of Women Voters of Georgia, NAACP Georgia, and other coalition partners joined together in a suit against the election officials enforcing the SB202. The case claims that the law’s voting restrictions violate the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Plaintiffs argue that SB202 violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments by placing a substantial burden on the right to vote and jeopardizing the right to free speech and association. Additionally, SB 202 violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because it discriminates against Black voters and other voters of color and burdens the right to vote. We are asking the court to stop Georgia election officials from implementing provisions of the bill.
The Department of Justice filed a similar suit. Challenges to the law were consolidated as In re: Georgia Senate Bill 202.
Gov. Kemp signs SB202 into law
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signs into law SB202, Georgia’s omnibus voter suppression bill.
DOJ sues Georgia election officials
The Department of Justice files a suit challenging SB202 as a violation of constitutional rights and the Voting Rights Act. DOJ requested the case be consolidated with our lawsuit.