October 14, 2022

The ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to election officials statewide to provide guidance on voter challenges that are becoming increasingly common as we get closer to the November general election. We encourage those officials and attorneys representing them to carefully consult the guidance.

“County boards of elections have been inundated with thousands of voter challenges over the past few months,” said Rahul Garabadu, ACLU of Georgia senior voting rights staff attorney. “We hope that our legal guidance on voter challenges will help ensure a smoother election cycle for voters and hard-working administrators alike.”

The ACLU of Georgia has offered guidance regarding the following topics:

  • Role of Poll Workers

  • Challenged Status

  • Use of Challenged Ballots

  • What Probable Cause Means

  • Mass Challenges

  • Timing of Challenges

  • Reject Post-Election Challenges

  • Challenge Format

  • Who Can Challenge

  • Challenge Justifications

There are state and federal laws that govern voter challenges. However, thousands of these challenges have recently been brought before boards of elections in Gwinnett, Cobb and Forsyth counties by third-party groups seeking to circumvent the strict processes that protect the accuracy of voter rolls. Thankfully, a majority of these baseless challenges have been rejected in recent weeks so that election workers can prepare for voters to cast their ballots.