Gainesville trial: Verdict in favor of conservative group in election lawsuit

The conservative vote-monitoring organization True the Vote’s challenges to Georgia voters’ eligibility did not amount to voter intimidation in the 2020 elections, a federal judge ruled earlier this week following a seven-day non-jury trial in November in Gainesville.

The Epoch Times reports U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones’ 145-page ruling found that the defendants did not violate the Voting Rights Act.

The group had raised questions about whether 364,000 Georgians were improperly registered to vote because their voter registrations conflicted with their mailing addresses.

Judge Jones expressed some reservations in his decision.

“Having heard the evidence presented and the arguments made by the Parties, the Court maintains its prior concerns about the manner Defendants utilized (Georgia law) to challenge individual voters. The Court, however, ultimately concludes that, as a legal matter, Plaintiffs have not carried their burden to show a violation of Section 11(b) (of the Voting Rights Act.) Accordingly, the Court enters judgment in favor (of) Defendants.

“There is no evidence that Defendants attempted to make any of the voters in this case feel timid or fearful, or that they experienced any actual reasonable intimidation,” the judge wrote in his opinion.

Fair Fight Inc., a group formed by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, sued on behalf of several plaintiffs.