The Democratic leaders of Georgia filed a lawsuit Tuesday for open early voting for the second round of the elections of Senate over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, despite a state law prohibiting voting within two days of a holiday, according to CBS News.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced last week that the runoff election between incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker would take place on December 6.
With 99% of constituencies reported, Warnock got 49.4% of the vote and Walker had 48.5%, meaning that neither candidate passed the 50% vote requirement required by state election law to secure the seat without a runoff.
When the Senate runoff was first announced last week, the Secretary of State’s office indicated that while counties could begin early voting on Monday, November 28, the week before Election Day, they would have the option of including Saturday, November 26.
However, after reviewing the state’s electoral laws, it was found that no early voting is allowed within two days of a holiday, and Saturday, November 26, falls two days after Thanksgiving this year.
State Democrats, including Warnock, announced the lawsuit Tuesday, which claims that “contrary to the clerk’s reading of the 2016 law,” the law “guarantees early voting on specific weekend days for primary and general elections.” and imposes conditions on that mandate, none of which apply to runoffs, and therefore counties can hold an early vote for the Senate runoff on Saturday, November 26.”
“The illegal attempts to block the vote on Saturday are yet another desperate attempt by career politicians to turn people away from their own democracy and silence the voices of Georgians,” Warnock’s campaign manager Quentin Fulks said on Tuesday. “We are aggressively fighting to protect the ability of Georgia voters to vote on Saturday.”
But Secretary of State Raffensperger argues that this challenge is political.
When to early vote in person, as early voting is called in Georgia, it’s a county by county decisiondriven by both the politics and the logistics of being able to have the machines, the tickets and the staff ready.
Given the short turnaround time for this election, only a few counties attempt to be open on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
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Source: La Opinion