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New Georgia Election Security Law Prompted by Paul, Weiss and Brennan Center Lawsuit

In response to a successful voter protection lawsuit filed on behalf of Common Cause Georgia by Paul, Weiss and the Brennan Center for Justice, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a provision requiring Georgia’s secretary of state to take steps to enhance the security of the state’s voter registration database. Earlier this month, Governor Kemp implemented new protections for Georgia voters who are required to cast provisional ballots.

The lawsuit alleged that Kemp, then Secretary of State and a gubernatorial candidate, recklessly publicized vulnerabilities in the state’s voter registration database, heightening the risk that voter registration information would be manipulated. The Paul, Weiss and Brennan Center team presented evidence at the time that the registration rolls were unreliable, resulting in an unusually high number of provisional ballots.‎ In November, a federal court judge enjoined the state from rejecting thousands of provisional ballots based on Georgia’s corrupted, purged and potentially hacked voter registration database, ordered the review of the ballots and barred the state from certifying the election results before November 16, 2018.

The Paul, Weiss team was led by litigation partner Robert Atkins and counsel Farrah Berse, and includes associates Nick Butto, Billy Freeland, Jessica Fuhrman, Makiko Hiromi, Melina Meneguin Layerenza, Kyle Sieber, Jake Struebing and Clare Tilton

April 30, 2019

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