Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 13, 2018

Federal Judge Grants Emergency TRO to Halt Illegal Mail Ballot Rejections in Gwinnett County Court finds that the process of rejecting ballots due to an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, partnering with the Coalition for Good Governance, secured an important win for voters in Gwinnett County. On Sunday, November 11th, the groups filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent officials in Gwinnett County from rejecting absentee ballots containing immaterial errors or omissions. Today, Judge Leigh Martin May granted the request, finding that Gwinnett County’s process of rejecting absentee ballots on the basis of an omitted or incorrect birth year violates the Civil Rights Act. The court orders that these ballots be counted in the November 6th election. “For the public to have confidence in our electoral process, it is critical that every vote be counted and that every voice be heard,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Yet officials in communities like Gwinnett County remain bent on erecting unnecessary barriers for voters and continue to take extraordinary steps to justify their rejection of absentee ballots. From the start, we observed that Gwinnett County officials were rejecting absentee mail ballots cast by minority voters at far higher rates than that for white voters. This is an outcome that can only be explained along lines of race. Our democracy works when every vote is counted and we will continue to fight against the ongoing voter suppression attempts that we are witnessing across Georgia this election season.” The temporary restraining order was issued as part of a lawsuit filed in October challenging the extraordinarily high rate of rejections of absentee mail ballots in Georgia and, in particular, the rejection of ballots cast by minority voters by Gwinnett County. The defendants are Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden, members of the Georgia State Board of Elections, and members of the Gwinnett County Board of Registration and Elections.

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GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia

GALEO Institute for Leadership Graduated 31 New Leaders In the State of Georgia
Graduates join 635 alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership

Press Release

 

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, jerry@galeo.org

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) – November 13, 2018 – GALEO graduated 31 new leaders from the GALEO Institute for Leadership (GIL), which held a graduation reception on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Latin American Association.

 

This is the 19th group of graduates resulting from GALEO’s leadership development efforts. The total number of GALEO Institute for Leadership alumni now stands at 635 people from across the state.

 

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Pollsters, Civil Rights & Civic Engagement Organizations Release Initial Findings from The American Election Eve Poll, As Election Day Draws to a Close

For Immediate Release: November 6, 2018
Contact: Nicky Vogt at 610-389-1314 or nicole@npstrategygroup.com

Pollsters, Civil Rights & Civic Engagement Organizations Release Initial Findings from The American Election Eve Poll, As Election Day Draws to a Close

Washington, DC — In 2018, allied organizations across the progressive movement are launching the American Election Eve Poll examining how African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and White voters engaged in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Victory! Federal Court Provides Immediate Relief for Thousands of Georgia Voters

Victory! Federal Court Provides Immediate Relief for Thousands of Georgia Voters
Court Orders Georgia Sec. of State Brian Kemp to Permit Voters Inaccurately Flagged by State’s Flaw System to Vote

November 2, 2018 (ATLANTA, GA) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ordered Secretary of State Brian Kemp to allow voters who have been flagged and placed in pending status due to citizenship to vote a regular ballot in the November 2018 election.

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GALEO Denounces Trump Attack on Birthright Citizenship

GALEO Denounces Trump Attack on Birthright Citizenship

October 30, 2018 — Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, released this statement in response to President Trump’s announcement of attempting to end Birthright Citizenship by Executive Order:

“In the latest of what has become a long list of explicit and relentless attacks on immigrant families and communities, Trump announced in an interview with Aixos that he has plans to issue an executive order that would challenge one of our U.S. Constitution, and specifically the 14th amendment.

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GALEO Takes Steps to Ensure Hall County Elections Protect Right to Translation for Spanish-Speaking Residents

October 18, 2018 (Norcross, GA) – GALEO has once again taken steps to ensure all Spanish-speaking residents of Hall County, Georgia are given their federally-protected right to translation services when they exercise their right to vote during this year’s midterm elections.
This week, it came to the attention of GALEO staff that one Spanish-speaking Hall County voter faced discrimination and intimidation at his polling place when he sought his protected right to translation services at the poll.
On Wednesday, October 17, at approximately 4pm, a local Hall County resident, who speaks Spanish as his first language, was seeking to vote early at the Hall County Department of Drivers’ Services, the county’s only early voting location at the time.
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Georgia Groups Discover that Gwinnett County is Rejecting Absentee Ballot Request at an Alarming Rate and Its Mostly People of Color Being Impacted.

Georgia Groups Discover that Gwinnett County is Rejecting Absentee Ballot Request at an Alarming Rate and Its Mostly People of Color Being Impacted

 

October 16, 2018(Atlanta, GA) –  Civic engagement organizations ProGeorgia and the Coalition for the Peoples Agenda have evaluated data collected as of October 15th, from the Secretary of State Absentee file and have found that Gwinnett County officials are seemingly engaging in activity geared to suppress voter turnout.  Of the 1,476 rejected absentee ballot requests in the state, 51% come from Gwinnett County. Of the 1,070 ballots rejected, 36.5% come from Gwinnett County. Gwinnett County is rejecting ballot requests at a rate 4.6 times higher than the state, and ballots at a rate 4.3 times higher than the state.  Statewide and in Gwinnett County, over 2/3 of affected voters are people of color.

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