A voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, has issued a warning to the Georgia Republican Party’s partner True the Vote: get out of Georgia.
The group is planning to file a lawsuit against the Texas-based vote-monitoring organization after it contested the eligibility of more than 364,000 voters to participate in the U.S. Senate runoffs.
Fair Fight is expected to file its challenge in federal court Wednesday. The lawsuit will allege that True the Vote is engaging in voter intimidation in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
“We will not allow out-of-state agitators to violate the law and disenfranchise lawful Georgia voters in an eleventh-hour, desperate attempt to create chaos, burden county boards, and tie up the election,” Fair Fight said in a statement. “Our message to True the Vote: Get out of Georgia and leave our voters alone.”
True the Vote contends that it is following a process outlined in Georgia law that allows voters to challenge the eligibility of other voters in their counties. The group, in conjunction with the Georgia Republican Party, is contesting the eligibility of voters whose names showed up on U.S. Postal Service change-of-address lists.
“As expected, the left didn’t wait long to try and stop our efforts to ensure a free and fair election in the Georgia runoffs,” True the Vote said in a press release. “Our work here in Georgia is only the beginning of our efforts nationwide to restore faith and confidence in our election system.”
Two county election boards, Forsyth and Muscogee, are using the group’s findings to challenge the status of certain voters. They will have to cast provisional ballots that won’t be counted unless local election officials verify their residency.
Counties that have rejected the mass voter challenges include Athens-Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
Democratic groups have been filing multiple lawsuits to ensure that even voters who file change-of-address forms indicating they left the state remain on the voters list.
Last Wednesday a federal judge denied a lawsuit filed by four voter groups against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger seeking to reinstate the voter registrations of 200,000 people that no longer liv in Georgia.
The groups argued that the voters removed from the rolls a year ago had their registrations canceled in part on the basis of inaccurate records.
Judge Steve C. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia found that the groups lacked standing, ruling they had failed to satisfy a pre-suit notice requirement in the National Voter Registration Act.
The suit was brought by a coalition of minority voter advocacy groups, including Black Voters Matter Fund and the Rainbow Push Coalition.
The groups had argued that the removal of the voters violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, but Judge Jones wrote that while they proved that there were issues with the accuracy of the records used to cancel registrations, the process itself was not conducted using discriminatory practices.