Last week the state of Georgia was sued for allegedly rejecting a disproportionate number of minority voter absentee ballots ahead of the November midterm elections which includes a tight racially-charged governor’s race.
"The ruling stems from an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against [Georgia] Secretary of State Brian Kemp and county registrars," the release said. "At issue is a state law that allows election officials — who have no handwriting-analysis expertise — to reject an absentee ballot if they think there is a signature mismatch in the voter’s paperwork, without giving prior notice to the voter or an opportunity to contest that determination."
A Gwinnett county spokesman told the journal that they were handling the ballots "according to state law."
Democrat Stacey Abrams — who could become the state of Georgia’s first African-American governor — has repeatedly accused Republican candidate Brian Kempt of mass purging blacks from voter lists. Kempt currently oversees the election process in his role as Georgia’s secretary of state. Kemp has faced mounting criticism that his policies are purposefully making it harder for minorities to register and vote.
Georgia began accepting early ballots on Monday ahead of the November 6 elections for the entire US House of Representatives, one third of the Senate, and the governor’s race.
The ACLU filed its complaint on behalf of the Georgia Muslim Voter Project.