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Three groups file new suit against GA voting rules

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

Another lawsuit has been filed over recent changes in Georgia election rules and laws. Last fall, the state Board of Elections approved rules that require voters to print out absentee ballot application forms, sign them and return them.

Three groups, vote.org, the Georgia Alliance for Retired Americans and Priorities USA, claimed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta that a requirement that voters use a pen and ink signature on those ballots violates provisions of the Civil Rights Act that prohibit election officials from denying people the right to vote because of minor errors in an application.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger called the requirement a common sense rule and that he expected the suit to fail.