Late last month, the Democratic Party of Georgia filed what Secretary of State Karen Handel said was the fourth lawsuit against the state attacking the law that requires Georgia voters to show government-issued identification before they cast their ballots on election day.
In an e-mail to her supporters, the first Republican to hold Georgia’s top elections office called the state Democratic Party’s lawsuit “baseless and repetitive”; and in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution May 29th, Secretary of State Handel said the litigation was “extraordinarily outrageous and frivolous.” [Source: 5/29/2008 AJC article “Ga. Democrats sue over voter ID law”]
If the recent actions of the State Elections Board are any sign, one could assume they agree with her.
At its May 29th meeting, the State Elections Board adopted a motion to serve the Democratic Party of Georgia with a “frivolous litigation notice” pursuant to O.C.G.A. 9-15-14. The motion was introduced by Randy Evans, the General Counsel for the Georgia Republican Party.
According to a summary of the meeting, Secretary of State Handel, who chairs the board, amended Evans’ motion to include language that enables the state to collect attorney’s fees and all other costs that might be incurred.” If a judge agrees that the Democrats’ lawsuit is indeed frivolous, then the Georgia Democratic Party might find itself picking up part or all of the tab for its lawsuit against the state.