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Appeals court rejects challenge to Saturday early voting in Georgia’s Warnock vs. Walker runoff

  • November 24, 2022

Judge: Saturday early voting in the Warnock-Walker Georgia U.S. Senate runoff is back on

Also:Raphael Warnock files suit over state law blocking Saturday voting ahead of Senate runoff

The one sentence ruling does not include any explanation, and means that Cox’s ruling remains in place. Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the Secretary of State, Tweeted that “the court has worked its will” and that Saturday voting could go ahead. 

The Secretary of State’s office initially suggested counties would have the option to provide Saturday voting on Nov. 26. Later, they said there would be no Saturday voting due to a state law that prevents voting on the second Saturday before an election if there is a holiday on a Thursday or Friday. Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday is a generically named “State Holiday.”

The State Holiday in November replaced a previous holiday honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s birthday even though Lee was born in January. 

Last week, the Democratic organizations filed suit, arguing that the restriction on early voting was intended for primary and general elections, not runoffs. After losing in the Fulton County Superior Court, the defendants appealed the decision, resulting in Monday’s ruling. 

Whether counties offer Saturday voting or not, early voting must begin no later than Nov. 28 and run through Dec. 2. Counties can also choose to offer Sunday voting on Nov. 27. Early voting locations must be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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