US Judge Orders Two Georgia Counties To Halt Voter Purge Ahead of Senate Runoff

A federal judge on Monday ordered two Georgia counties to reverse a decision removing thousands of voters from the rolls ahead of Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.

The counties seemed to have improperly relied on unverified change-of-address data to invalidate registrations, the judge, Leslie Abrams Gardner, said in her order filed late on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

“Defendants are enjoined from removing any challenged voters in Ben Hill and Muscogee Counties from the registration lists on the basis of National Change of Address data”, Gardner wrote in the order. The judge is the sister of Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, who lost a race for Georgia governor in 2018.

The bulk of the registrations that the counties sought to rescind, more than 4,000 of them, were in Muscogee County, which U.S. President-elect Joe Biden won handily in November, Politico reported.

An additional 150 were from Ben Hill County, which President Donald Trump won by a wide margin, the report added.

Nearly 2.1 million people have cast ballots in the U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia that will determine whether Democrats control both chambers of Congress and the fate of Biden’s agenda, according to state data published Thursday.

The runoffs pit Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff against Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, respectively.

If Republicans win one or both Senate seats in Georgia, they will retain a slim majority in the chamber and can block Biden’s legislative goals and judicial nominees.

If Democrats win both, the chamber will be split 50-50, giving the tie-breaking vote to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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  1. NoGo Joe…if you’re going to post a supposedly factual statement, you do need to back it up with facts. That’s F and A and C and T and S. Otherwise it’s just your biased OPINION.

  2. American Fascists know that their policies suck so much that they can’t win without voter suppression. They have known that for decades. Gerrymandering, elimination from the voting rolls, elimination of polling stations or dropboxes, ID rules are all designed to discourage voters from participating.

    1. Nah…we Americans just don’t like dead people voting…or out-of-state people voting…or people voting twice, three times, or more. Only “fascists” like these things.

      1. Thanks for your clear understanding of the issues around voter fraud. Remember, all three fraud cases in the last election were American Fascists voting for King Donald The Loser. Just something for you to think about, Joe.

    2. I wonder if Leslie Abrams Gardner is, by any chance, related to Stacey-I-still-haven’t-conceded-my-gubnatorial-race-from-two-years-ago-Abrams.

      1. Joe, she is Abrams ” I should be governor” sister. You would think that an honest journalist and editor would make sure that a fact like that would be researched (it took me two minutes) and put in the article up front. Come on IJR, you can do better than this and should demand that of your writers and editors, in this case, Kanishka Singh and Robert Birsel.

      2. Reading comprehension can be improved with practice and guidance. Free instruction is available at reading theory . com.

        Copied and pasted from the Reuters article above:
        ‘“Defendants are enjoined from removing any challenged voters in Ben Hill and Muscogee Counties from the registration lists on the basis of National Change of Address data”, Gardner wrote in the order. The judge is the sister of Democratic activist Stacey Abrams, who lost a race for Georgia governor in 2018.”

        WHAT is it that you thought “The judge is the sister of Democratic activist Stacey Abrams…” MEANT??

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