Democrats have been railing against the Georgia voting overhaul since its implementation. Despite their best efforts, it looks like the commonsense reform is here to stay.
A federal judge threw out a measure that would have blocked the new Georgia voter laws just ahead of July’s runoff elections, the Washington Examiner reported. The Coalition for Good Governance was contesting a provision that requires absentee ballots are requested no later than 11 days prior to an election.
“We are at the juncture where all of the challenged provisions are already the law,” US District Judge J. P. Boulee, an former President Donald Trump appointee, wrote in his ruling, according to CNN. “Therefore, an injunction would not merely preserve the status quo; rather, it would change the law in the ninth inning,” though he promised to examine the issue when the time was more appropriate.
“This lawsuit is born out of the lies and misinformation the Biden administration has pushed against Georgia’s Election Integrity Act from the start,” Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said about the matter in a statement. “Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams, and their allies tried to force an unconstitutional elections power grab through Congress — and failed,” he pointed out.
“Now, they are weaponizing the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out their far-left agenda that undermines election integrity and empowers federal government overreach in our democracy,” the governor continued. Several organizations have sued the state while the battle rages on in the courts, though this one decision allows the provision to stand for now.
Democrats have been railing against the law since it was passed in March, The Hill reported. The left has tried to maintain that the laws, which put reasonable time restrictions on absentee ballots as well as new ID requirements for requesting and casting them, were racist though the law does not apply differently to one race over another.
The firestorm ignited over the legislation sent over 100 companies into overdrive to condemn it, Axios reported. Heavy hitters like Twitter, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and others spoke out against the laws and even flat-out refused to do business in the state because of them. Even Major League Baseball moved its 2021 All-Star Game and MLB draft out of the state in protest, the Associated Press reported at the time.
All of this outrage is misplace and even downright manufactured. Election security is about making sure every vote counts, not keeping anyone away from the polls — except those who have no right voting in the first place.