A federal judge intends to issue an injunction barring Georgia election officials from tossing certain absentee ballots without giving would-be voters advance notice and a chance to rectify any issues.
The implementation of the injunction — which U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May plans to file Thursday — could complicate the work of election officials statewide, requiring the review of hundreds or thousands of ballot signatures with less than two weeks until Election Day. But civil rights groups whose lawsuits led to May’s decision have already declared victory in the battle, just one of many voting rights skirmishes to surface in what’s become a contentious Georgia election season.
Federal judge to order Ga. counties to stop absentee ballot rejections
The ACLU and other voting and civil rights groups filed lawsuits last week against Brian Kemp regarding a disproportionate number of absentee ballots rejected in Gwinnett County, as well as Georgia’s signature match requirements.