Georgia Absentee Ballot Rejection

July 21, 2020

Sued and obtained favorable settlement against Georgia’s failure to ensure that voters receive prompt notification of their rejected absentee ballots in time to cure a missing or mismatched signature, and to Gwinnett County’s deficient absentee ballot envelope design. Georgia law requires that election officials reject absentee ballots for missing or mismatched signatures on absentee ballot envelopes, but until this settlement failed to provide any uniform standards for notifying voters of the alleged signature defects. In addition, Gwinnett County’s absentee ballot envelope design included text that is barely legible and difficult to understand.