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Georgia Governor Debate Oct. 23, 2018

Stacey Abrams(D) (left) during a debate with Brian Kemp(R) (right) who wants to reject absentee ballots over mismatch signatures Source: Screenshot/Georgia Public Broadcasting / Screenshot/Georgia Public Broadcasting

A federal judge knocked down a motion from Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp regarding the handling of absentee ballots in the state.

US District Court Judge Leigh Martin May rejected Kemp’s arguments point by point and concluded the “injunction ensures that absentee voters who are unable to vote in person and whose applications or ballots are rejected based on a signature mismatch will still have the opportunity to have their votes counted…”

Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, also filed an emergency motion Tuesday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that requiring 159 Georgia counties to make immediate, significant changes to longstanding procedures threatens to “disrupt the orderly administration of elections.”

Last week, Georgia election officials were ordered to stop rejecting absentee ballots with voters’ signatures that do not appear to match those on record.

In total, election officials in Georgia have rejected 157 absentee ballots for signature mismatch issues, according to state data analyzed by CNN last Wednesday. More than 881,000 absentee ballots have been cast.

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