Representatives from Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties said Tuesday that their counties would not comment on the pending litigation.
All four counties drew focus of voting rights groups during last November's election season. Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton all had long lines because they offered fewer voting machines than usual, but Gwinnett drew much of activists' attention as it became a focal point in a statewide debate over voting rights.
Because of Gwinnett's rapidly changing demographics and its political leanings that have moved leftward, campaigns of Democrats Stacey Abrams and Carolyn Bourdeaux focused much of their efforts in the county. The revelation that Gwinnett had rejected a disproportionate number of absentee ballots compared to other counties gave those campaigns and other advocacy groups more ammunition.
Multiple lawsuits were filed targeting various perceived issues; some resulted in previously rejected ballots being counted.
Gwinnett officials have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying they were doing things like evaluating absentee ballots in accordance with their interpretation of state law.
While the new suit this week asks for changes to be put into effect prior to the 2020 election, it does not mention Gwinnett County's March 19 special election on joining MARTA, early voting for which is already well underway. County officials have said they're treating the election as if it's a mid-term, even though it's likely to have only a portion of the turnout.