Earlier this year in Georgia, lawmakers passed controversial legislation designed to curb opportunities for future voter and ballot fraud. While the new laws have already been challenged in court, opponents were recently dealt a major setback, the Washington Examiner reported.
The Examiner noted that on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee blocked a motion seeking to stall implementation of the new Georgia election laws, which caused widespread backlash around the country, with some critics, including President Joe Biden, comparing the laws to the Jim Crow era.
In Boulee’s view, such a move would negatively impact the state’s local runoff elections, which are scheduled to be held this coming Tuesday.
Judge lays down the law
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law,” Boulee said. “Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning.”
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had harsh words for those attempting to overturn some parts of or all of Georgia’s newest voting laws.
“This is just another in the line of frivolous lawsuits against Georgia’s election law based on misinformation and lies,” Raffensperger said in a statement.” He added: “We will continue to meet them and beat them in court.”
Raffensperger also went after opponents this week on Twitter, writing, “Georgia’s new election law strikes a good balance between ensuring access and upholding the integrity of our elections.”
“Misinformation pushed by Stacey Abrams and her allies led to the All-Star game getting moved out of GA and launched the DOJ lawsuit against GA,” the Republican state official said.
The DOJ claims law is discriminatory
In addition to lawsuits filed by private groups like the Coalition for Good Governance, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last month that it would also mount a challenge to Georgia’s new voter security laws.
According to the Examiner, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) pushed back in a statement, declaring, “This lawsuit is born out of the lies and misinformation the Biden administration has pushed against Georgia’s Election Integrity Act from the start.”
Kemp added: “Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, and their allies tried to force an unconstitutional elections power grab through Congress — and failed.”
“Now, they are weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda that undermines election integrity and empowers federal government overreach in our democracy,” the Georgia governor noted.