Trump Appointed Judge Refuses To Block New Election Law

( In a hail Mary attempt to block parts of Georgia’s new election law from going into effect ahead of two runoff elections, a group of activists led by the Coalition for Good Governance sued to the state challenging sections of the law they claim criminalize normal election observation activities that could lead to “voter intimidation.”

The activists asked the court to prohibit the state from enforcing these provisions as well as the provision tightening the deadline for requesting absentee ballots during the July 13 runoff election.

But on July 7, US District Court Judge J.P. Boulee refused to block the provisions from going into effect.

Two Georgia Congressional districts held special elections on June 15 and are set to hold the runoff on Tuesday, July 13. In his ruling, Boulee, a Trump appointee, wrote that making changes now would risk “disrupting the administration of an ongoing election.”

Boulee said he found the timing in this case problematic. The new election provisions were signed into law in late March, and yet the request to block the provisions was only filed the day before the House special elections in June.

Boulee argued that as the law is in effect, barring its enforcement this late “would change the law in the ninth inning.” However, he said he would reserve judgment on the propriety of taking steps to block any of the provisions of the law for future elections.

Naturally, the activist group Coalition for Good Governance is not happy that their hail Mary did not work. Marilyn Marks, the executive director of the group, though pleased that Boulee limited his decision to the July 13 runoff, expressed disappointment over the ruling. Like most voter “rights” activist groups, Coalition for Good Governance believes Georgia voters are so stupid the new laws will cause “confusion.”

In response to the ruling, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said this hail Mary was “just another in a line of frivolous lawsuits” against Georgia’s new election law. Raffensperger vowed that the state would continue to “meet them and beat them in court.”

J.P. Boulee is the presiding judge in all eight lawsuits challenging Georgia’s new election law.