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Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (DOJ)

United States v. Georgia

Lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice against the state of Georgia challenging voter suppression bill Senate Bill 202. The complaint alleges that the law — which, among other provisions, shortens the absentee ballot request timeline, adds new restrictions for drop box locations and criminalizes “line warming” to help voters waiting in line — was enacted with the intent “to deny or abridge the right of Black Georgians to vote on account of race or color” in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The RNC, National Republican Senatorial Committee and Georgia Republican Party intervened in the case to protect S.B. 202. Litigation is ongoing.

Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (Advancement Project)

Concerned Black Clergy v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by Advancement Project National Office on behalf of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Concerned Black Clergy, Mijente, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Faith in Action and a coalition of churches against Georgia challenging the voter suppression bill Senate Bill 202. The case claims that S.B. 202 violates the 15th Amendment because it places an unnecessary burden on the right to vote. The RNC, NRSC, NRCC and Georgia Republican Party intervened in the case to protect S.B. 202. Litigation before the district court is ongoing.

Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (AAJC)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit brought by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta challenging several provisions of a Georgia voter suppression bill. The case claims that the bill’s voting restrictions — including new identification requirements for absentee voting, limits on the use of absentee drop boxes, restrictions on the collection of absentee ballots and more — violate the 14th and 15th Amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The RNC, National Republican Senatorial Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and Georgia Republican Party intervened in the case to protect S.B. 202. Litigation is ongoing.

Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (ACLU)

Sixth District of the AME Church v. Kemp

Lawsuit brought by the ACLU, SPLC, NAACP LDF and others on behalf of the Sixth District of the AME Church, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Women Watch Afrika, Latino Community Fund of Georgia and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority challenging several provisions of a Georgia voter suppression bill. The case claims that the bill’s voting restrictions — including new identification requirements for absentee voting, limits on the use of absentee drop boxes, invalidating ballots cast before 5:00 PM in the wrong precinct, banning any non-poll worker from giving food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line and more — violate the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (NAACP)

Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Raffensperger

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 a Georgia voter suppression bill. The case claims that the bill’s voting restrictions — including new identification requirements for absentee voting, limits on the use of absentee drop boxes, invalidating ballots cast before 5:00 PM in the wrong precinct, banning any non-poll worker from giving food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line and more — violate the First, 14th and 15th Amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Active Cases

Georgia Voter Suppression Bill (NGP)

New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit brought by the New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter Fund and Rise challenging several provisions of a Georgia voter suppression bill. The case claims that the bill’s voting restrictions — including new identification requirements for absentee voting, limits on the use of absentee drop boxes, banning mobile polling places, invalidating ballots cast before 5:00 PM in the wrong precinct, banning any non-poll worker from giving food or drink, including water, to voters waiting in line and more — violate the 14th Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The RNC, National Republican Senatorial Committee and Georgia Republican Party intervened in the case to protect S.B. 202. Litigation is ongoing.

Active Cases

Georgia 2018 Voter Suppression

Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit brought by Fair Fight Action against the Georgia Secretary of State following Stacey Abrams’s 2018 campaign for Governor. The case challenges several aspects of election administration in Georgia, including the “use-it-or-lose-it” registration cancellation law, the exact match policy and inadequate election worker training.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Election Contest

Daugherty v. Fulton

Election contest filed by individual Georgia voter challenging the certification of Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock as winners of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Both senators have assumed their elected positions, but litigation remains ongoing.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Fulton County Voter Purge Challenge

Schmitz v. Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections

Lawsuit filed by two Georgia residents attempting to purge over 14,000 voters from Fulton County’s rolls after the county’s election board declined to hold hearings on the suggested purges. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that such hearings were prohibited by the National Voter Registration Act, and the Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the case on appeal.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Muscogee County Voter Challenge

Majority Forward v. Ben Hill County

Lawsuit brought by Majority Forward and individual Georgia voters against Muscogee and Ben Hill County Boards for challenging the eligibility of over 4,000 voters ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff elections. The district court granted a preliminary injunction against Muscogee County enjoining it from upholding any challenges based on certain criteria and requiring it to properly advise voters whose eligibility was challenged. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Election Contest (Coffee County)

Still v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by two Georgia voters seeking to decertify the election results for both Coffee County and the entire state of Georgia based on unsubstantiated allegations of irregularity and fraud during the county’s recount. The complaint argues that these irregularities also affected the entire state’s election results. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Early Vote (Fulton County)

New Georgia Project v. Cooney

Lawsuit brought by the New Georgia Project against Fulton County regarding their alleged failure to provide adequate early voting dates for Georgia runoff elections. The case was voluntarily dismissed by NGP following the runoff elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Election Challenge #4

Georgia Republican Party v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by Georgia Republican Party, NRSC, the Perdue and Loeffler Senate campaigns and three voters seeking to prohibit people who voted for a Senate candidate in the 2020 election in a different state from voting in the January 5th Georgia Senate runoffs and to segregate all ballots cast by voters who registered to vote between November 4 and December 7, 2020. After the district court dismissed the case, the Georgia Republican Party and other plaintiffs appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but soon thereafter filed a voluntary notice of dismissal.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Early Vote (Paulding County)

New Georgia Project v. Willis

Lawsuit brought by the New Georgia Project against Paulding County regarding their alleged failure to provide adequate early voting dates for Georgia runoff elections. The case was voluntarily dismissed by NGP after the runoff elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Early Vote (Clarke County)

New Georgia Project v. Evans

Lawsuit brought by the New Georgia Project against Clarke County regarding their alleged failure to provide adequate early voting dates for Georgia runoff elections. The case was voluntarily dismissed by NGP after the runoff elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Early Vote (Bibb County)

New Georgia Project v. Kaplan

Lawsuit brought by the New Georgia Project against Bibb County regarding their alleged failure to provide adequate early voting dates for Georgia runoff elections. The case was voluntarily dismissed by NGP after the runoff elections.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Election Challenge #3

Georgia Republican Party v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by Georgia Republican Party, NRSC and the Perdue and Loeffler campaigns challenging the signature verification process for absentee ballots cast in the Georgia Senate runoff election. The Democratic Party of Georgia and DSCC intervened in the case to protect the right of all Georgians to vote. After the district court dismissed the case, the Georgia Republican Party and other plaintiffs appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals but soon thereafter filed a voluntary notice of dismissal after their motion to stay the case pending appeal was denied.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Election Challenge #2

Twelfth Congressional District Republican Committee v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by the 12th Congressional District Republican Committee and individual Georgia voters against the Secretary of State, State Election Board and Richmond County Board of Elections challenging the early processing of absentee ballots, use of unattended drop boxes and signature verification processes. The Democratic Party of Georgia and the DSCC successfully intervened in the case, which was eventually dismissed by the district court. The 12th Congressional District Republican Committee appealed the decision to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but then voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Runoff Election Challenge #1

RNC v. State Election Board

Lawsuit filed by the RNC and Georgia Republican Party challenging poll watcher access and the use of ballot drop boxes ahead of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia. The Superior Court of Fulton County dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Trump Election Contest

Trump v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by Donald Trump, the Trump campaign and a Trump elector challenging the presidential election results in Georgia based on allegations of “illegal votes.” During the course of normal case proceedings, the petitioners attempted to appeal a non-final order to the Georgia Supreme Court, claiming that the lower court judge was not “qualified to preside over” the case. The Georgia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal, and petitioners subsequently voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Decertification Challenge #2

Boland v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by individual Georgia voter seeking to decertify the presidential election results in Georgia based on allegations of out-of-state voters unlawfully casting ballots in the state and signature verification issues. Biden Electors for the state successfully intervened. The trial court dismissed the case for finding, among other things, that the allegations in the complaint “rest on speculation.” The Georgia Supreme Court denied an emergency petition and the individual Georgia voter then voluntarily dismissed the case.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Decertification Challenge #1

Pearson v. Kemp

Lawsuit filed by individual voters seeking to de-certify Georgia’s election results based on allegations that Dominion Voting equipment “rigged” the election in favor of President Joe Biden. The district court partially granted the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order asking the state to preserve election materials, but did not grant their request to block the transmission of certified election results, which the plaintiffs immediately appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction as the plaintiffs had appealed a non-final order, sending the case back down to the district court to continue. The district court dismissed the case, which was again appealed to the 11th Circuit. The plaintiffs simultaneously petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for injunctive relief, an “extraordinary request” they claimed was necessary in light of time constraints before the Electoral College met. The Supreme Court denied their motion to expedite the case, and the parties entered a stipulation of dismissal before the 11th Circuit and Supreme Court.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Election Law Contest

Wood v. Raffensperger

Election contest filed by right-wing group on behalf of an individual voter seeking to nullify the presidential election results in Georgia and block the state from certifying the results so that the Georgia General Assembly could appoint electors. Biden Electors for the state successfully intervened. The court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Presidential Electors Challenge

Wood v. Raffensperger

Lawsuit filed by pro-Trump lawyer and conspiracy theorist L. Lin Wood challenging the inclusion of absentee ballots in the general election results of Georgia. The Democratic Party of Georgia, DCCC and DSCC successfully intervened in the case. The district court denied Wood’s motion for injunctive relief due to lack of standing, which Wood immediately appealed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of injunctive relief and the Supreme Court denied Wood’s petition for a writ of certiorari. The case was dismissed with prejudice.

2019-2020 Election Cycle

Georgia Democratic Counties Election Challenge

Brooks v. Mahoney

Lawsuit filed by voters in Georgia claiming that election officials included “illegal Presidential Elector results” from certain Democratic-leaning counties in the state’s final election results. The challenge sought to to stop the certification of presidential election results from named counties. The Democratic Party of Georgia filed a motion to intervene in the case, but all pending motions were not ruled on as the plaintiffs filed a voluntary dismissal only five days after docketing the case.