A Washington-based advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Georgia of violating federal law by reducing the amount of time residents have to register to vote.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the complaint in federal court in Georgia on behalf of five civil rights and voting rights organizations. It claims Georgia law cuts off voter registration for federal run-off elections two months earlier than guaranteed under federal law.
Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office dismisssed the suit as a “completely political effort to attack Secretary Kemp.”
“This law has been in place since Cathy Cox was in office and we will fight it in court,” Kemp chief of staff David Dove said.
A key example, the committee said, is the coming June runoff for the 6th Congressional District. Anyone who had not registered to vote in March cannot register to participate in the June runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.
You can read the complaint here.