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Georgia Supreme Court allows early voting in U.S. Senate runoff on Saturday

World Nov 23, 2022 08:20PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Democratic candidate U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker attend midterm election campaign events in Atlanta and Hiram, Georgia, U.S., November 8, 2022 and November 6, 2022 in a combination of file

By Kanishka Singh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia Supreme Court allowed counties to hold early voting this Saturday in the U.S. Senate runoff election between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, denying a bid by state Republicans to block the early voting.

The one-sentence unanimous ruling on Wednesday by the court upheld last week's decision by a Fulton County judge that blocked a directive from Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican. That directive had prohibited counties from voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Eighteen of Georgia's 159 counties had planned to offer voting on Saturday, Gabriel Sterling, one of Georgia's top election officials, said on Twitter late Tuesday.

For the second time in less than two years, a U.S. Senate race in Georgia will go to a runoff, this time between Warnock and Walker, who is backed by former President Donald Trump.

Unlike the last time, the vote will not determine whether President Joe Biden's Democrats hold control of the Senate, where they already secured enough seats in the midterm elections to maintain their razor-thin majority. Republicans won a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

A Walker win would give national Republicans a boost, having seen their standing in the state of Georgia erode toward Democrats over the last few years. A Warnock victory could indicate that Democrats are making inroads in places where they have had difficulties gaining traction in the past.

Democrats held the narrowest possible majority for the past two years in the 50-50 Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris gave them the tie-breaking vote.

That's led to plenty of headaches for Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as two maverick members of his party -- Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema -- repeatedly blocked some legislative maneuvers.

Georgia Supreme Court allows early voting in U.S. Senate runoff on Saturday
 

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Phil Ht
Phil Ht Nov 24, 2022 5:31PM ET
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yes if only the republican governor and AG and secretary of state have the power to ensure election integrity in this state.........urrr, wait, never mind
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"The one-sentence unanimous ruling on Wednesday by the court upheld last week's decision by a Fulton County judge that blocked a directive....... prohibited counties from voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving."  -- I don't get why the republicans think they can just randomly stop people from early voting, if they allow early voting for the Nov election, why can't they have early voting for the Dec run off election???
 
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