State of Georgia

Georgia Ballot Order

S.P.S. ex rel Short v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed on behalf of an individual voter and multiple Democratic organizations challenging Georgia’s ballot order statute, which requires that candidates of the same political party of the state’s governor be listed first on the ballot in all elections. The complaint alleges that this statute treats similarly situated candidates differently without sufficient justification and violates the First and 14th Amendments. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a Florida ballot order law remain in place in Jacobson v. Lee soon before the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction, which bound the Georgia district court to do the same. The court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and administratively closed the case.

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