Case: United States v. The State of Georgia

1:21-cv-02575 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: June 25, 2021

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed suit against the state of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over voting procedures adopted by Georgia Senate Bill 202 (SB 202) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on June 25, 2021. DOJ alleged that SB 202 provisions violated the Voting Rights Act. SB 202 included restrictions on mailing, requesting, and submitting absentee ballots and prohibited distr…

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") filed suit against the state of Georgia, the Georgia Secretary of State, and the Georgia State Election Board over voting procedures adopted by Georgia Senate Bill 202 (SB 202) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on June 25, 2021.

DOJ alleged that SB 202 provisions violated the Voting Rights Act. SB 202 included restrictions on mailing, requesting, and submitting absentee ballots and prohibited distributing food and water to voters waiting in line to cast their ballots and counting out-of-precinct provisional ballots unless they are cast after 5 pm on Election Day. DOJ argued that Georgia made these changes with knowledge of the disproportionate effect they would have on Black voters and in response to recent increases in Black Georgians' use of absentee voting, voter mobilization efforts, and success in electing candidates of choice. The DOJ sought declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent defendants from enforcing SB 202 as well as Federal observers and subjecting Georgia to a preclearance requirement under the Voting Rights Act sections 3(a),(c). 

As of October 2022, litigation is ongoing. 

Summary Authors

Anna Lennon (10/28/2022)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

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1:21-cv-02575

Complaint

United States of America v. The State of Georgia

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

Complaint

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/60015129/united-states-v-the-state-of-georgia/

Last updated Dec. 31, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

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COMPLAINT filed by United States of America. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit -1, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(eop) Please visit our website at http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/commonly-used-forms to obtain Pretrial Instructions and Pretrial Associated Forms which includes the Consent To Proceed Before U.S. Magistrate form. (Entered: 06/25/2021)

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

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Electronic Summons Issued as to The State of Georgia. (eop) (Entered: 06/25/2021)

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

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Electronic Summons Issued as to The Georgia State Election Board. (eop) (Entered: 06/25/2021)

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

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Electronic Summons Issued as to Brad Raffensperger. (eop) (Entered: 06/25/2021)

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

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NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth M. Ryan on behalf of United States of America (Ryan, Elizabeth) (Entered: 06/25/2021)

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

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Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 25, 2021

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Georgia, State

The Georgia State Election Board, State

Georgia Secretary of State, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Voting Rights Act, section 2, 52 U.S.C. § 10301 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 1973)

Voting Rights Act, unspecified, 52 U.S.C. § 10301 et seq (previously 42 U.S.C § 1973 et seq.)

Available Documents:

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Voting

Voting: Physical/Effective Access

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Voting:

Election administration