Federal judge upholds Georgia voter integrity law

A federal judge has upheld multiple parts of Georgia’s voter integrity law.

U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee upheld the law in response to a legal challenge by VoteAmerica to strike down portions of the new measure.

A major victory

VoteAmerica argued the changes would infringe on the First Amendment free speech rights of citizens in Georgia. The court pushed back against the lawsuit’s claim.

“Further, this Court finds that combining speech (in the cover information) with the conduct of sending an application form, as Plaintiffs do here, is not sufficient to transform the act of sending the application forms into protected speech,” the court wrote. “Plaintiffs’ pro-absentee voting message is not necessarily intrinsic to the act of sending prospective voters an application form.”

The changes

“Under the law, third-party organizations are prohibited from sending absentee ballot applications prefilled with the prospective voter’s required information,” Breitbart News reported.

They are also prohibited from sending applications to prospective voters who have already requested an absentee ballot,” it added.

The new ruling is a win for Georgia, one of the states that faced the most controversy following the 2020 election over voting concerns related to Fulton County.

Former President Donald Turmp lost the state’s vote by approximately 12,000 votes in an election that included a controversial recount following the November election.

Trump even pushed to support another Republican in the primary, though the effort failed. The voting rights law was a success, however, and hopes to help avoid voting issues in future elections in the state.

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