Connect with us

World

Georgia Supreme Court shoots down Republican bid to halt early voting in Senate runoff on Saturday

News Agencies

Published

on

The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the state Republican Party’s bid to block early voting in the state’s hotly contested Senate runoff from moving forward this Saturday.

The brief unanimous ruling by the state’s high court upheld last week’s decision by a Fulton County judge blocking a directive from Georgia’s secretary of state, which prohibited counties from voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, had argued that changes to Georgia voting laws meant that there could be no early voting on Nov. 26, the only Saturday when it would have been possible for Georgians to cast an early vote in the Dec. 6 runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

Early voting is required to be available statewide Monday through Friday of next week.

“The Court finds that the absence of the Saturday vote will irreparably harm the Plaintiffs, their members, and constituents, and their preferred runoff candidate,” Judge Thomas A. Cox wrote in a ruling last Friday.

The state Republican Party appealed the decision, arguing it was allowing “illegal advance voting.”

The dispute centered on a provision of Senate Bill 202, signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in March 2021, which stipulates that early in-person voting must not be held on any Saturday that follows a “public or legal holiday” on the preceding Thursday or Friday. Raffensperger contended that meant there could be no early in-person voting on Nov. 26, the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Attorneys for the Democrats and Warnock’s campaign argued the section of the law Raffensperger cited applied to primaries and general elections, but not to runoff elections. Cox agreed.

In a joint statement Wednesday, the Warnock campaign, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and the state Democratic Party called the state Supreme Court ruling “a victory for every Georgia voter.”

Early voting opened in at least one of the state’s 159 counties on Tuesday.

In a court filing, Democrats said at least 19 counties with a total of over 4 million residents were planning on offering early voting on Saturday.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Breaking News

Advertisement

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment1 hour ago

Chrissy Teigen shares photos from her dinner at the White House: ‘You want to steal but don’t because you want to be invited back’

Chrissy Teigen shares details of her trip to the White House. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) Chrissy Teigen tried her very...

Entertainment5 hours ago

Why Nepotism Has Always Been a Hot Topic in Hollywood

They know you know what their parents do. So if they want to do what their parents do—or anything that...

Entertainment16 hours ago

George Clooney says he was ‘objectified’ in early roles

George Clooney walks the red carpet at the Ticket to Paradise premiere at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles on...

Entertainment17 hours ago

Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor – Ke Huy Quan Is a Story Worth Honoring This Season

Rank Name Film Distributor 1 Ke Huy Quan “Everything Everywhere All at Once” A24 An aging Chinese immigrant is swept...

Entertainment19 hours ago

Sally Field reveals that Burt Reynolds was her worst onscreen kiss: ‘Just a lot of drooling’

Turns out, Sally Field didn’t exactly have a field day when it came time to kiss her Smokey and the...

Entertainment19 hours ago

New Trailer For Miss Cleo Documentary Hints At ‘Web Of Stories’ Surrounding Her Life

Youree Dell Harris, aka Miss Cleo, is pictured on Feb. 24, 2009, in Lake Worth, Florida. Youree Dell Harris, aka...

Entertainment19 hours ago

Jury begins deliberations in Harvey Weinstein rape trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Friday in the Los Angeles rape and sexual assault trial of Harvey Weinstein,...

Entertainment20 hours ago

Man arrested in fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff

HOUSTON (AP) — Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in the fatal shooting of rapper Takeoff, who was killed last...

Latest Sports

Technology Hot News

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter? Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?
Technology1 month ago

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?

Elon Musk, the owner of the electric car company Tesla, CEO of SpaceX, and the richest man in the world,...

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours
Technology1 month ago

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours

WhatsApp services were affected in various countries of the world, including Pakistan, and India due to this users were facing...

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies
Technology2 months ago

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies currently occupy an odd place in society. They are no longer the super niche bizarre currency beloved by tech...

Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads
Editor Picks3 months ago

Personal data of people are sold on Google Play and Google Ads

It’s been two to three years since Google has been unknowingly hosting multiple apps from malicious actors who sell personal...

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours
Technology5 months ago

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours

An end-to-end encrypted email service Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours, netizens reported on social...

What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop
Technology6 months ago

What’s better for the student: a tablet or a laptop

Some analysts argue that computers have outlived their usefulness. There is some truth in this: PC and laptop sales are...

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary
Technology7 months ago

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary

USA: Elon Musk, the founder of companies like Tesla and SpaceX, can actually buy anything in the world. Last month,...

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat? How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?
Technology7 months ago

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?

Pakistan: Zafar Supari a public figure, businessman, and social media sensation has crossed one hundred thirty-three thousand 133k subscribers on...