Our impact litigation department combines litigation with other strategies to expand legal protections for AANHPI and other marginalized communities and to advocate against laws and policies that are unjust or oppressive. We primarily focus on the areas of immigrant rights, voter rights, and anti-discrimination law.
In 2016, Advancing Justice-Atlanta and several other civil rights organizations sued the Georgia Secretary of State over Georgia’s voter registration verification process, which automatically rejected a voter registration application if the name on the application did not exactly match the applicant’s name as it appeared in other state databases and the applicant failed to correct the mismatch within 40 days. This process led to thousands of eligible voters being denied the right to vote with a disproportionate number of minority applicants being impacted. The lawsuit ended in a settlement that restored the rights of thousands of previously disqualified voters, enabling them to cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election. It also reformed Georgia’s voter registration verification process to minimize future disenfranchisement of eligible voters.
In 2017, Advancing Justice-Atlanta again joined several other civil rights organizations to challenge a Georgia statutory scheme that requires Georgians to register to vote three months in advance of a federal runoff election in order to cast a ballot in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. As a result of this ongoing litigation, a federal judge extended the voter registration deadline for the June 2017 runoff election between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, enabling 8,000 additional voters to participate in this historic election.