Judge rules in GA special election voter registration case


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) scored a victory Wednesday when a federal judge in Georgia sided with them against the state of Georgia and extended voter registration for the June 20 runoff election for the U.S. House seat left vacant by the appointment of Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten’s decision allows for the violation of a Georgia law which permitted only those people eligible to vote in the April 18 special election to cast a ballot in the runoff. Georgia residents will now be allowed to register through May 21.

The Georgia NAACP argued that Georgia law violated the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, while the state contended that “[v]oter qualifications in elections are left to the states,” and that the runoff is a continuation of the general election.

In the April 18 special election for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, no single candidate reached the 50-percent threshold in order to be declared the winner. The two candidates who garnered the highest percentages of votes will face each other in the runoff—Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.

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