Big Turnout In Court-Backed Saturday Voting in Georgia Runoff | Off The Press


Big Turnout In Court-Backed Saturday Voting in Georgia Runoff

Georgia election officials said nearly 70,000 people voted Saturday in the Georgia Senate runoff, after the matter was taken to court and a Fulton County judge said it was allowable under state code and each county could decide.

  • Incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger were required by the state to enter a runoff election because neither meet the 50% threshold for an outright win.
  • The office of the Georgia secretary of state originally said counties can hold Saturday voting in runoff elections, then ruled that a part of the state’s election code barring voting two days after a holiday, which would disallow such voting after Thanksgiving Thursday.
  • Warnock’s campaign, the state Democratic Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in response successfully sued the state,  arguing that the policies cited didn’t apply to runoff elections.
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