By Ryan Grim/National Review staffThe Electronic Voting Service is the federal government’s online voting system for federal elections, and it was created under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Under its current rules, the agency cannot be sued for discriminatory treatment of minority voters.
But it has faced criticism in recent years, particularly from civil rights organizations.
The agency’s latest lawsuit against Georgia, which sued the agency in September, claims the agency violated a federal law by failing to enforce its own rules and procedures for handling electronic ballots.
That’s because the agency had no way to verify whether a voter’s name was correct on the electronic ballot, the suit says.
In a statement to The Associated Press, a Department of Justice spokesperson said the agency “strongly disagrees” with the lawsuit and has been working to resolve the issue with Georgia.
The spokesperson added that the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division is conducting a review.
Last year, Georgia sued the Justice Department, alleging it had discriminated against minority voters by requiring that only whites cast ballots.
The state also claimed the DOJ violated its own Voting Rights Protection Act by failing in 2010 to investigate whether it had used its own computerized election-monitoring software in a way that discriminated against African-Americans.
The Justice Department argued the state’s suit was “baseless” and “frivolous.”
The DOJ did not respond to requests for comment on whether it is continuing to investigate Georgia’s allegations.
Georgia was also granted a temporary restraining order against the DOJ in August, which prevented the agency from closing the voting-system audit to the public.
Georgia has not appealed the temporary restraining orders.
The federal government has made efforts to improve the performance of the agency’s voting-security services, which include an automated electronic ballot scanner and electronic voting software.
However, those efforts have been slow.
The GAO has said the state and the DOJ have not fully implemented changes that would make voting more secure.
The DOJ has asked the courts to order Georgia to provide a list of every voter whose name was used in the election-security software that was not corrected after the election.
The department is also asking the court to issue an order requiring Georgia to make changes to its election-management software and the system’s security features.
A federal judge in June rejected Georgia’s request to compel the state to fix the software and to provide more information.
The judge also found Georgia’s claims to be without merit.
Georgia said it is considering an appeal of the ruling.
The Georgia lawsuit follows a similar complaint filed by Ohio and Illinois.