Another civil rights group files lawsuit over new Georgia voting law

A fourth civil rights group has filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s controversial new voting law.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta group filed a federal suit, claiming the law will disenfranchise Asian American voters by reducing access to absentee voting.

The other lawsuit was filed by three groups last week, asking a federal court judge to overturn the law.

[EXPLAINER: What does Georgia’s new GOP election law do?]

Under the law, photo ID is required in order to vote absentee by mail. Gov. Brian Kemp has repeatedly defended the bill he signed into law.

“SB 202 expands access to votes, secures ballot drop boxes around the clock,” Kemp said.

[RELATED: Chairs of Republican, Democratic Parties debate the details of new voting law]

“I think there are parts of this law that are quite vulnerable to challenges,” Eric Segall said.

Segall is a constitutional law professor at Georgia State University. He explained what could happen if the 11th circuit court, after appeals, strikes down parks of the law.

“Then it is likely the Supreme Court will take the case and then as we all know the supreme court is going to be extremely hostile to any lawsuits challenging new voting procedures,” Segall said.

Segall said it’s more likely that the lower courts will strike down parts of the law and uphold most of it.

RELATED STORIES