Federal judge extends voter registration for the Georgia 6th special election

Let’s hear it for the judge.

Yesterday, a federal court judge ordered Georgia officials to extend the voter registration deadline through at least May 21 to be eligible to vote in the special election runoff in Georgia’s 6th congressional district between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Before the judge’s intervention, only those who were eligible to vote in the April 18th special election could vote in the June 20th runoff.

That rule was challenged by the Georgia NAACP in a lawsuit arguing that  “the rules violate the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which bars states from having registration deadlines greater than 30 days before an election.”

Georgia  argued that “[v]oter qualifications in elections are left to the states.” They also said that in their  opinion the runoff was a “continuation” of April 18th election.

US District Judge Timothy Batten agreed with the challengers and against the state. Chalk one up for Jon Ossoff and other fans of democracy.

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