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Raffensperger Delivers Another Blow to False Voter Suppression Claims

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Atlanta – In a significant legal victory, Judge J.P. Boulee has denied the Plaintiffs’, New Georgia Project et. Al demand for a Preliminary Injunction in one of the SB 202 cases, upholding Georgia’s Election Integrity Act. The Plaintiffs sought to enjoin the 4-week run-off period, alleging racial discrimination. However, the court found that the Plaintiffs failed to present any substantial evidence to support their claims.

Judge Boulee’s order clearly states, “Plaintiffs failed to show a substantial likelihood of success on the merits as to their claims that the Runoff Provisions intentionally discriminate against black voters in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Fifteenth Amendment.” This decisive ruling reinforces the legitimacy of the Runoff Provisions under the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.

This victory marks another milestone in Secretary Raffensperger’s continued successful defense of Georgia’s Election Integrity Act. The court’s thorough examination and rejection of the discriminatory claims demonstrate the robustness and fairness of the electoral processes implemented by the state.

Secretary Raffensperger was pleased with the decision, noting, “This ruling affirms what we have maintained all along – that Georgia’s Election Integrity Act is designed to ensure fair and secure elections for all citizens. We will continue to stand firm in defending the principles of this legislation.”

Georgia’s Election Integrity Act has withstood scrutiny, as well as significant opposition – including Georgia’s loss of the MLB All-Star Game as a direct result of the Act. This ruling underscores the Act’s compliance with constitutional standards and Georgia’s commitment to safeguarding the democratic process. Georgia’s place as a national leader in elections reflects the highest standards of election integrity.

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Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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