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Federal appeals court denies Republican lawsuit seeking to limit absentee ballots in Georgia Senate runoffs

Federal appeals court denies Republican lawsuit seeking to limit absentee ballots in Georgia Senate runoffs

23.12.2020 | Cassie Maas | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US DECEMBER 22, 2020 12:53:57 PM | 604



The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Sunday rejected a lawsuit by the Republican Party that attempted to modify absentee ballot rules ahead of Georgia’s US Senate runoffs.

The Georgia Republican Party, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Perdue for Senate, and Georgians for Kelly Loeffler brought suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta on December 10, alleging issues with the absentee ballot voting process. The parties claimed due process violations and an equal protection violation, alleging that the signature-matching procedure was arbitrary, applied unequally, and inconsistently implemented in some counties.

The district judge found that the parties lacked standing and dismissed the suit on December 17. The parties appealed, filing an emergency motion for stay or injunction.

On Sunday, a three-judge panel found that the parties did not establish standing because they did not sufficiently allege a redressable injury. Additionally, the parties filed suit against Georgia’s secretary of state and board of elections, neither of which conducted the signature-matching process. They also do not review the signatures or control whether the process can be observed, so the alleged injury was not traceable to the secretary or election board.

Because of this, the court denied the emergency motion for a stay or injunction pending appeal.

Source : https://www.jurist.org/news/2020/12/us-federal-appeals-court-denies-republican-lawsuit-seeking-to-limit-absentee-ballots-in-georgias-senate-runoffs/

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