Federal lawsuit tries to reopen registration for 6th CD runoff

[private]A federal lawsuit filed Thursday against Secretary of State Brian Kemp alleged that Georgia is violating federal law by requiring voters to register more than 90 days in advance of the June 20 runoff election in the 6th Congressional District.

“This requirement violates Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), which prohibits states from imposing registration deadlines of greater than thirty days before any federal election, specifically including a runoff election for federal office,” the lawsuit contended.

The lawsuit seeks to have the registration deadline for the runoff, which was March 20, moved to May 22 and asks the court to “allow all eligible residents of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District who have already registered to vote since March 20, 2017, and may continue to register to vote through 11:59 p.m. on May 22, 2017” to cast a ballot in the runoff.

The action was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on behalf of civil rights groups that include the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Georgia Coalition for the People’ Agenda, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta.

A spokesman for Kemp called the lawsuit a “completely political” attempt to attack Kemp and said the secretary of state would fight it in court.

Georgia election law requires voters to be registered 30 days prior to an election day to be eligible to vote. That same deadline applies if there is a runoff, which could be four weeks later for a state election or nine weeks later for a federal election, such as the 6th Congressional District race.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group based in New York, is handling the lawsuit for the plaintiffs.

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