Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Gwinnett Over Rejected Absentee Ballots
Two civil rights groups representing Muslim and Asian-American resents are suing Gwinnett County elections officials and Secretary of State Brian Kemp in federal court over mail-in absentee ballots that the county has rejected.
The Georgia Muslim Voter Project and Asian-American Advancing Justice-Atlanta filed the lawsuit against the county and Kemp late Monday night. The suit is a response to Gwinnett County elections officials decision to reject hundreds of absentee mail-in ballots because of various issues, including missing information or signatures that did not match the ones county officials had on file.
The civil rights groups want the U.S. District court for the Northern District of Georgia to let them have until three days after the Nov. 6 general election to prove their identity or two get an expedited hearing to resolve the matter.
“Although the stakes of this case are high, the requested remedy is minimal, as it simply adapts the above existing procedures to the voters at issue here,” the groups said in their lawsuit.
The lawsuit is one of two suits filed in federal court over Gwinnett’s absentee ballots in the last week. In another suit, a group of residents sued the members of the elections board and Kemp.