(ATLANTA, Ga.) — CNN reports that a number of Republican party committees have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to block Saturday early voting in the upcoming US Senate runoff election.
The Republican National Committee, the Georgia GOP, and Senate Republicans’ campaign arm filed a request to issue an emergency block to stop counties from opting into Saturday voting.
In the petition, Republicans argue that only ten counties - “all of them Democratic-leaning” - plan to conduct early voting that day, “eviscerating the statutorily required uniformity among Georgia’s counties.” Allowing the lower court’s ruling to proceed would create an “unequal system, where some counties vote on November 26 and others will not,” said GOP lawyers.
The petition claims that two counties are having trouble staffing polling locations on Saturday, and others are occupied with other tasks.
The previous ruling, issued by the Fulton County Superior Court, stated that “The Court finds that the absence of the Saturday vote will irreparably harm the Plaintiffs, their members and constituents, and their preferred runoff candidate.”
The ruling creates an opt-in system, allowing counties to hold voting on November 26 in addition to the standard days of early voting. Counties including Chatham, DeKalb, and Fulton have all opted in. The suit originally pushed for Saturday voting was brought by Democrat incumbent Raphael Warnock’s campaign, joined by Georgia Democrats and the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm.
In their successful petition, they argued that the wording of the holiday voting restriction law stopped it from applying to runoffs.
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