Liberals had a collective freakout last year after a new Georgia voter integrity law blocked the distribution of food and water at polling places, among other voter security provisions.
According to the Associated Press, a voting rights group had filed a lawsuit challenging several sections of the new Georgia voting laws, including the one regarding food and drinks. A judge last week decided to leave that part of the new law, which was challenged by the group, in place.
However, U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee admitted that the voting rights group could eventually prevail in its challenge to the law, but given the proximity to the upcoming November midterms, the judge believe that now was not the time to make changes.
The AP noted: “The 74-page order, which was issued Thursday, means that the provision will remain in effect for the closely watched November general election.”
Axios added: “The Department of Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Black Voters Matter Fund and GALEO are among the eight plaintiffs challenging various parts of the election policy overhaul.”
“While Georgia’s cruel ban on line relief stands for now, we look forward to presenting our broader case against SB 202 at trial, where we will prove that many provisions in the legislation violate federal law and the Constitution,” said ACLU of Georgia voting rights attorney Rahul Garabadu.
Georgia lawyers argued that “the provision was necessary to protect against conditions at polling places that could raise worries over potential illegal campaigning or vote buying,” the AP noted.
“Although U.S. District Judge J.P. Boulee sided with the state, saying that it’s too close to the election to make changes, he said the voting rights groups may ultimately prevail on part of their challenge.” https://t.co/RP6cBGzrV1
— Deborah Edwards-Oñoro (@redcrew) August 20, 2022
READ the federal ruling that keeps in place Georgia’s Food, Drink and Gift Ban within 150 feet of a polling location. https://t.co/5KYNEGWZYI
— Rahul Bali (@rahulbali) August 19, 2022
Tough races ahead
The upcoming Georgia race will be one of the most closely watched in the country, with Gov. Brian Kemp (R) fighting to hold his office against Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) will battle to hold his seat against a challenge from former star football player and Republican Herschel Walker.
It appears as if Georgia isn’t even remotely wanting to change anything so close to the election, which is likely the best call.