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U.S. District Court Rejects Gwinnett County Officials’ Efforts To Block Major Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit

For Immediate Release May 15, 2017

Court Recognizes Claim Brought by African-American, Latino, and Asian-American Voters in Georgia’s Most Diverse County

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017 – A federal district court judge in Georgia agreed that a coalition of plaintiffs representing minority communities has the right to claim the method of electing local officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia denies them from participating equally in electing local officials.

In her opinion in Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections, Judge Amy Totenberg rejected the County’s argument that claims under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act are limited to members of a single minority group.  Judge Totenberg noted that the Eleventh Circuit and other courts have held that coalition claims are permissible so long as the racial groups are politically cohesive.  The decision was issued on Friday.

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May 4, 2017

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Secures Victory Extending Voter Registration Deadline for Georgia Runoff Election

Court’s Decision Extends Deadline for Georgia’s Upcoming Sixth Congressional District Contest and all Future Federal Runoff Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a federal court in Georgia issued an injunction requiring Georgia election officials to allow voters to cast a ballot in an important congressional runoff election if they register up to 30 days beforehand.  The order, issued from the bench, stops implementation of a Georgia law that allowed voters to participate in the runoff election only if they had registered 30 days before the initial election, roughly 90 days before the scheduled runoff.  The decision was issued by the Honorable Timothy Batten, Sr., United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.  Judge Batten concluded that the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 takes precedence over conflicting state laws when conducting federal elections. Per the order of the court, eligible individuals will have through May 21st to register and vote in the upcoming special election in the state.

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