Follow the Filings of Georgia Election Lawsuits

The Coalition’s Home Page details the current situation narrative, and the links on this page present recent court filings. Please donate to exclusively support the legal work.

The trial on the merits of the April 4, 2018, Third Amended Complaint has not been scheduled as the State is appealing the initial rulings of the Court. In the meantime, several requests for relief (linked on this page) have been filed this fall by the Coalition. In addition, five Georgia voters have filed their own lawsuit (linked on this page) with some help from the Coalition.

On August 3, 2018, the Coalition Plaintiffs filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction to seek an immediate order to use paper ballots to protect November’s election. The opponents filed a Response in Opposition. To counter the opponents’ arguments, the Coalition Plaintiffs filed a Reply Brief in Support of the Coalition’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction on August 20, 2018. The Reply Brief contains compelling Declarations (Exhibits A–E) by expert witnesses who supported a Court order to require Georgia to use paper ballots in the polling places this November.

Earlier actions in 2018 that appear in court filings linked on this page

On March 30, 2018, the federal lawsuit was reopened after a dormant period. Our focus moved to asking the Court to order that touchscreen voting machines be prohibited and that the November 2018 election be conducted by using hand-marked paper ballots, counted by optical scan equipment. Georgia lawmakers had chosen not to address the state’s voting system in the 2018 General Assembly Session just ended. Therefore we planned to ask the Court to address these issues on an urgent basis. We filed our Third Amended Complaint on April 4, 2018.

Following several actions by the Coalition Plaintiffs in April 2018, our Third Amended Complaint was accepted by the Court on June 13. As expected, the opposition made a Motion to Dismiss this complaint. We filed our response to the opponents’ motion on July 17.

Additionally, after we (Coalition Plaintiffs) requested that the Court accept our Third Amended Complaint, three other plaintiffs asked for a full month to respond to our Coalition’s motion to amend the complaint that streamlines the case and seeks remedies for the 2018 elections. We wished to move this case forward promptly and opposed their requesting extensions of time that unnecessarily delay the case.