Georgia Absentee Ballot Immaterial Omission
Martin v. Crittenden
Lawsuit filed after the 2018 midterm elections by individual voters and a nonprofit organization challenging Gwinnett County’s policy of rejecting absentee ballots for missing immaterial information, such as dates of birth, addresses and signatures, for violating of the Civil Rights Act and First and 14th Amendments. A congressional campaign and individual voter successfully intervened in the case. The court granted injunctive relief to stop the rejection of absentee ballots for missing or incorrect birth years, finding that it violated the Civil Rights Act, but denied relief as to the other categories of information. The parties filed a joint stipulation of dismissal after Georgia enacted House Bill 316, which revised the state’s absentee ballot laws and addressed the claims in this lawsuit.