State Elections Board Gives “Frivolous Litigation Notice” to Georgia Dems

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.

12 comments

  1. A Typical White Person says:

    “The motion was introduced by Randy Evans, the General Counsel for the Georgia Republican Party.”

    Who is also a duly appointed member of the State Elections Board.

  2. Gag Halfrunt says:

    Apparently Randy “They Love Me in Pennsylvania” Evans didn’t read either Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita, the companion case to Crawford, or Perdue v. Baker. Maybe that explains the positions of power currently held by clients Gingrich, Hastert, and J.C. Watts.

  3. SpaceyG says:

    People are as “captivated” by a few Georgia Dem Party operatives and their absurd voter ID law overly-inflamed “passions” as they are about me writing about the Georgia Gang, which I, big sigh of relief, didn’t even watch this morning!

  4. BubbaRich says:

    I wonder if Georgia Republicans see some way they can use this and later additions to decrease legitimate votes by Democrats. Or maybe they just think they can continue to make Georgia Dems look stupid for opposing this law. I never heard any evidence that any large scale voter fraud is occurring, so it’s got to be one of those other two reasons that Georgia Repubs are making such a big deal about this law.

    Georgia Dems will continue to look stupid on this law, since they’ve failed to show how any legitimate voters will be rejected because of this law. Now, I can see that Georgia Republicans will try to add on to this law more and more things to make it difficult for poor people and the wrong minorities to vote, but Dems need to take your stand there, not some stupid George-Wallace-schoolhouse-door stand based apparently on 1960s legal and social conditions.

  5. Bill Simon says:

    Bubba,

    You said this: “I never heard any evidence that any large scale voter fraud is occurring,”

    Of course not…when you have counties run by crooked judges and crooked election boards, it’s kind of difficult to 1) get the word out to the mainstream media, and 2) get them to write somethign about it…UNLESS it is about a Republican bad man/woman. Then the media is all over it like white on rice.

  6. BubbaRich says:

    I’m not sure that “The evil libs are keeping it secret” is any more convincing than “The evil repubs want to keep poor black people from voting.” Both arguments will sell well enough with their target audiences that you generally don’t see evidence offered.

  7. SFCWallace says:

    Questio…you have to show ID to register…what’s wrong with showing it when you vote?

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