Republicans ask Georgia high court docket to halt Saturday voting in US Senate runoff - CNN

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Three Republican birthday party committees on Tuesday requested the Georgia Supreme court docket to halt Saturday early voting in the US Senate runoff.

The petition – filed via the Republican national Committee, the Georgia Republican birthday celebration and the Republicans' Senate campaign arm – asks the state's excessive court to concern an emergency dwell to dam counties from offering voters the possibility to cast ballots on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

of their petition, the Republican committees argue that simplest 10 counties – "all of them Democratic-leaning" – plan to habits early vote casting that day, "eviscerating the statutorily required uniformity amongst Georgia's counties."

permitting a reduce courtroom ruling that enables Saturday balloting to stand creates "an unequal equipment, where some counties will vote on November 26 and others will no longer," lawyers for the GOP committees wrote.

Tuesday's filing is the newest prison twist within the excessive-profile, December 6 runoff election between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

the new court docket petition comes a day after an appeals decide – in a victory for Warnock and Democrats – denied the state's attraction of a decrease court docket ruling that had allowed voting on the Saturday after a holiday.

of their Tuesday petition to the state's excessive courtroom, the Republican committees stated two counties are having concern staffing polling locations on Saturday, and a lot of others are considering other initiatives, such as testing and setting up machines to be used within the runoff.

The time-crunch election laborers now face can be traced lower back to the controversial 2021 election legislations passed through the Republican-managed Georgia legislature, which cut the time allowed for a runoff from 9 weeks to 4.

Opponents of allowing early vote casting on this upcoming Saturday argue it violates a state legislation prohibiting voting on Saturday if there's a state break on the Thursday or Friday earlier than.

The suit that at first pushed for Saturday vote casting had been brought with the aid of Warnock's campaign, together with the Georgia Democratic birthday celebration and Democrats' Senate crusade arm. They argued that the state legislation did not practice to runoffs.

previous Tuesday, voting rights advocates praised the reduce courtroom rulings that allowed Saturday balloting and publicly implored all 159 counties within the state to offer balloting that day and to extend their hours on each early voting day. They mentioned restricting increase balloting could disenfranchise working-type Georgians.

"With this new attraction … voters' right to the pollbox is in jeopardy once more," Stephanie Ali, coverage director of the brand new Georgia challenge, mentioned of the GOP's emergency petition.

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