Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Sen. Herschel Walker will face off in the U.S. Senate runoff election on Saturday, and Georgia is appealing a judge’s decision allowing counties to enable early voting.
In a lawsuit filed last week, the Warnock campaign, the Democratic Party of Georgia, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee demanded that early voting be permitted on election day. They were contesting Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s advice that this Saturday’s election is prohibited by state law since it falls on a state holiday.
Democrats’ objections to state law in this election appear to be an echo of their 2020 election battles.
Prior to the runoff election for the Senate between Warnock and Walker next month, that day is the only one where voting on a Saturday is possible. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, while Friday is a state holiday.
Judge Thomas Cox of the Fulton County Superior Court ruled in favor of the Warnock campaign and the Democratic organizations on Friday. A notice of appeal was sent by state attorneys to the Georgia Court of Appeals on Monday.
Walker, a former football player, and Warnock had to compete in a runoff election on December 6 because neither candidate received a majority in this month’s midterm elections.
Thanksgiving falls in the middle of the four-week window created by Georgia’s election legislation of 2021 between the general election and the runoff. Beginning on November 28, only five weekdays will be available for early in-person voting for many Georgians.
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