Chatham Co. Board of Elections member joins lawsuit against Ga.’s new elections law

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks...
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a press conference in Atlanta. Georgia’s State Election Board met Wednesday, April 28, 2021, for the first time without Raffensperger as chair after lawmakers removed him from the role in a new election law. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)(John Bazemore | AP)
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 12:03 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A Chatham County Board of Elections member is adding his name to a federal lawsuit with others against Georgia’s Senate Bill 202, which overhauls election processes.

Democratic board member, Antwan T. Lang, says he got involved in the lawsuit - now the seventh filed in federal court against the bill - because he believes the issues it will cause will affect voters state-wide.

Marilyn Marks, the executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, joined Lang on Wednesday and explained the main differences between the latest federal suit filed by her organization, and the six before it. She says while the others are primarily driven by traditional voting rights standpoint, focusing on areas like racial discrimination built into SB 202, her organization’s lawsuit focuses on the bill’s interference with citizen oversight and transparency of elections.

“We need all the lawsuits. Because to kill this bill, it is going to take death by a thousand cuts. And so, we’re out to make a few cuts at it, but it is going to take a village of people to make enough cuts at this bill to get rid of its offensive provisions,” Marks said.

Marks points out the bill had a severability clause, which means if courts strike down one part of the law, the rest remains intact.

Marks says her organization will challenge some of SB 202′s provisions soon, mainly those that could impact special elections around the state starting next month.

You can read the full lawsuit below:

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