Voter discrimination lawsuit deadline nears

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News12 at six o'clock/ April 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The deadline is quickly approaching for the city of Augusta to respond to a lawsuit.

April 30 is the deadline a judge gave the city to respond to allegations of voter discrimination for moving the elections from November to May.

Three Georgia state lawmakers and a handful of others want a judge to move the elections back to November. In 2012, the Department of Justice found in a report that moving the election could decrease the minority vote.

A year later the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act and soon after state lawmakers made it legal to move the elections.

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