Republicans sued for intimidating black and brown voters in Georgia runoff elections
Right-wing Republican support group True The Vote is being sued in Georgia for tactics used to intimidate black and brown voters.
Marc E. Elias tweeted:
It is fitting to end the new year in the legal foxhole when @staceyabrams and @gwlauren fight for democracy.
Proud to represent @fairfightaction in a lawsuit against the suppression of voters for the Georgia Senate runoff election in January. Https://t.co/NJTLKaomTq
– Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) December 23, 2020
The complaint set out the intimidation tactics used by voters:
Crucial to these efforts was to intimidate and deter qualified and qualified Georgians – especially black and brown voters and first-time voters – from exercising their basic right to vote. For example, just last week, True the Vote announced that it was working with voters in every Georgia county to preemptively question the eligibility of more than 364,000 Georgians on the grounds that those voters no longer reside in Georgia. Of course, these challenges are unfounded because of the “evidence” they presented – alleged lists of names that have been singled out by the US Postal Service. The National Change of Address (NCOA) register is known to be unreliable for determining eligibility.
To complement these mass voter challenges, the defendants are also recruiting volunteers to monitor voters as they return their ballots and encouraging “vigilante guards” to report suspected illegal elections to their “voter integrity” hotline 24 hours a day.
As a finishing touch, the defendants also set up a $ 1 million reward fund to “motivate” individuals to report “voting errors”. The obvious effect of this million dollar bonus will be to encourage the defendants’ supporters to make even more baseless allegations of electoral fraud.
So far, the turnout of African Americans in the Senate runoff is at a record level.
There is a systematic and widespread voter intimidation campaign going on in Georgia, but Stacy Abrams and supporters of voting rights stand ready to oppose the Republican campaign to steal two Senate seats in Georgia.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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