Federal judge denies bid to restore 98,000 voters in U.S. state of Georgia

By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the U.S.

Reuters December 29, 2019 02:11:25 IST
Federal judge denies bid to restore 98,000 voters in U.S. state of Georgia

Federal judge denies bid to restore 98000 voters in US state of Georgia

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the U.S. state's electoral rolls after they were removed earlier this month upon being classified as "inactive".

Lead plaintiff Fair Fight Action, a voting rights nonprofit, did not establish that the Georgia secretary of state's decision to cancel the voter registrations had violated the constitution, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said in the ruling.

The judge, from the Northern District of Georgia, added that the secretary of state must make "diligent and reasonable" efforts to inform residents about registration, especially those that have until Monday to re-register to vote in a January special election for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger welcomed the decision, saying the state was ensuring that every eligible voter could vote.

"Today Judge Jones upheld Georgia's decision to maintain clean voter rolls," Raffensperger said after the ruling.

"Despite activists' efforts and lawsuits that only waste taxpayers' dollars, Georgia is continuing to ensure every eligible voter can vote and voter lists remain accurate."

Fair Fight Action, founded by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the 2018 race for governor to present Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, said it was looking at additional legal options.

"The Court today declined to issue an injunction on the purge, but expressed that it has a 'serious concern that there needs to be an immediate and accurate interpretation by the state court of HB 316'," Lauren Groh-Wargo, chief executive at Fair Fight Action, said.

"We share this concern and are exploring additional legal options," she added.

The state's practices have previously drawn criticism from national voting rights advocates. These include purges of voter rolls and stringent rules requiring signatures on mail-in ballots.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Jan Harvey)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Facebook releases first data on hate speech prevalence on its platform
News & Analysis

Facebook releases first data on hate speech prevalence on its platform

By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - Facebook Inc for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech. The world's largest social media company, under scrutiny over its policing of abuses, particularly around November's U.S.

Santa, barred from malls and chimneys, enters homes via interactive video
News & Analysis

Santa, barred from malls and chimneys, enters homes via interactive video

(Reuters) - Santa cannot sit with kids in shopping malls this year, but they can still tell him their Christmas wishlist in a video chat at home.     Technology company Storyfile has come up with an artificial intelligence alternative to the holiday tradition: an interactive website where Father Christmas answers questions as if in person

Facebook estimates hate speech seen in 1 out of 1000 views on its platform
News & Analysis

Facebook estimates hate speech seen in 1 out of 1000 views on its platform

By Elizabeth Culliford (Reuters) - Facebook Inc for the first time on Thursday disclosed numbers on the prevalence of hate speech on its platform, saying that out of every 10,000 content views in the third quarter, 10 to 11 included hate speech. The world's largest social media company, under scrutiny over its policing of abuses, particularly around November's U.S.