SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A federal judge is requiring counties to count absentee ballots thrown out over a birth date issue. However, any provisional ballot or absentee ballot cast out of county will not count.
The ruling comes in the lawsuit filed by Stacey Abrams and her campaign trying to get all of those votes counted. This means hundreds of votes that Abrams and her team were hoping for will not be counted.
Every county except Gwinnett County has certified their results. They expect to do so on Thursday.
Wednesday, Abrams' campaign doubled down on their claims of suppression by Kemp when he was Secretary of State. They’re demanding the state count every vote before certifying the results. Her campaign issued the following statement:
“This is a major victory for Georgia voters and the Abrams campaign in the fight to ensure every eligible vote is counted and every voice is heard,” said Stacey Abrams for Governor Campaign Manager Lauren Groh-Wargo.“Under Brian Kemp’s watch as the nation’s foremost architect of voter suppression, countless Georgians have had substantial roadblocks placed in their path as they sought to exercise their fundamental right to vote. Now, the courts are doing what Brian Kemp’s Secretary of State office refused to – upholding and protecting Georgia’s rights and underlining the need for free and fair elections in a state that has suffered from an acute assault on voting rights engineered by none other than Secretary of State Brian Kemp.”
Kemp’s campaign issued the following statement:
“Tonight, Judge Jones rejected efforts by Stacey Abrams and her radical allies to undermine the democratic process and rule of law in Georgia,” said Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director. He denied her requests to create new voters and slammed the door on attempts to count illegal votes. The judge’s ruling puts the people of Georgia and their voice ahead of Abrams and her political ambition.”