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US Courts Rule Against Georgia on Voter Suppression Cases

04 November 2018

Two federal courts on Friday issued rulings that order Georgia to allow some 3,000 naturalized USA citizens to vote in elections next week and prevent the state from throwing out some absentee ballots.

Speaking before a raucous crowd at historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama never mentioned President Donald Trump or Abrams' Republican opponent Brian Kemp by name.

The Abrams campaign called the ads "poisonous", but said they weren't buying Kemp's response.

"In Georgia's upcoming gubernatorial election, popular confidence is threatened not only by the undeniable racial discrimination of the past and the serious questions that the federal courts have raised about the security of Georgia's voting machines, but also because you are now overseeing the election in which you are a candidate", Carter wrote. The state has not elected a Democrat governor since 1998.

The "exact match" law flags voter registrations that are found to have discrepancies, such as a dropped hyphen, with other official identifications. "She's a woman who dared believe she could change the state of Georgia".

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Tensions grew after an Associated Press report in early October that more than 53,000 voter applications - almost 70 percent of them from black applicants - were on hold with Kemp's office ahead of the election.

The law is the subject of a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups now working its way through federal courts.

"Well, I think they would want them to vote, but not certainly not vote based on one's identity", Aubrey Shines said in a video message.

"I have this to say to you, black people with ancestors who never had the chance", Oprah said at the event. "He is the clear choice for a stronger, safer and a more prosperous future". And considering that voters of color tend to disproportionately cast their ballots for Democrats, many have argued that Kemp's actions reflect deliberate racial discrimination. And in many cases, county poll workers can help solve problems on the spot, Kemp's office said.

"Despite this outcome, our concern remains that it is inappropriate to change long-standing procedures this close to an election", Broce said in a statement on the decision on absentee ballots. In October, a coalition of civil rights groups sued him.

US Courts Rule Against Georgia on Voter Suppression Cases