Judge Refuses To Intervene In Lawsuit Over Missing Voter Registrations

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October 28, 2014 4:31 p.m.

A judge in Georgia has decided not to intervene on behalf of civil rights groups who argue that tens of thousands of recently registered voters have been wrongfully lost.

Specifically, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher has declined a call by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights to issue a writ of mandamus on behalf of the New Georgia Project and Georgia’s branch of the NAACP asking Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) and local counties in Georgia to check and make sure that 40,000 recently registered voters were counted in Georgia’s voter registration system.

That decision by Brasher came after a two-hour hearing on Friday where Brasher expressed visible skepticism over the lawsuit. He called the push by civil rights groups for him to intervene an “extraordinary legal remedy,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Oct. 10 the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights filed a lawsuit arguing that tens of thousands of recently registered voters had somehow disappeared. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights sought through the suit to get court mandates for three Georgia counties to investigate the matter and also process voter registration applications.

But Georgia state officials said despite the claims by the civil rights groups all voter registration applications have been processed.

Read the ruling here.

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