Federal Judge Delays Georgia Governor Vote Certification, as Democrats Hunt for More Votes

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 11/13/2018 | Mary Chastain
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On November 5, Common Cause Georgia filed a lawsuit that accused Georgia governor candidate Brian Kemp, who held the office of secretary of state until he resigned last week, “of acting recklessly after a vulnerability in Georgia’s voter registration database was exposed shortly before the election.”

The organization claimed that Kemp’s “actions increased the risk that eligible voters could be illegally removed from the voter registration database or have registration information illegally altered.”

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Judge Amy Totenberg of the Federal District Court in Atlanta ordered officials to wait until Friday to certify the governor’s race and do all they can to protect provisional ballots.

From The Wall Street Journal:

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In a ruling late Monday, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the secretary of state’s office to establish and publicize a hotline or website where voters can check whether their provisional ballots were counted and, if not, the reason why.

For counties with 100 or more provisional ballots, she ordered the secretary of state’s office to review, or have county election officials review, the eligibility of voters who had to cast a provisional ballot because of registration issues.

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Judge Totenberg also ruled that Georgia mustn’t certify the election results before Friday at 5 p.m., which falls before the Nov. 20 deadline set by state law.

This ruling does not move the “deadline for countries to certify their results,” which is today. However, Abrams filed her own lawsuit to extend that deadline:

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But Ms. Abrams’s campaign filed a lawsuit Sunday asking a federal court to push that deadline to Wednesday, while also requiring that elections authorities count certain provisional and absentee ballots that have been or would be rejected for...
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