With less than two weeks before midterm elections, a federal judge officially blocked Georgia from terminating absentee ballots over signature mismatches.
USA Today reports District Judge Leigh Martin May issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday (Oct. 24) that allows voters to combat discrepancies that would otherwise be rejected without any options for voters. The injunction was made official on Thursday (Oct. 25), affecting several hundred ballots.
“The court does not understand how assuring that all eligible voters are permitted to vote undermines the integrity of the election process,” May said. “To the contrary, it strengthens it. Permitting an absentee voter to resolve an alleged signature discrepancy … has the very tangible benefit of avoiding disenfranchisement.”
Voting laws have been a big topic in Georgia in light of the current gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp, who is the current Secretary of State, raised eyebrows this week over leaked audio on his so-called concern over Abrams voter turnout operations. Kemp’s attorneys reportedly called the injunction “unworkable given the need to have votes counted and the election certified by the Monday after the election.”
If Abrams wins the race, she will be the country’s first African-American woman governor.