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Georgia SCOTUS Green Lights Early Voting In Senate Runoff Election

In Georgia, residents will be able to vote early this weekend, as the state's Supreme Court ruled that counties can offer the option on Saturday. The runoff election for the US Senate will be held on December 6.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal from the Georgia Republican Party and other groups to block an earlier court decision that allowed early voting.

The groups had asked the Georgia Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that favored the Democratic Party of Georgia.

The Republicans cited a provision of the state's law that says that in-person early voting can only be conducted on a Saturday if it occurs on a holiday. The Democrats, however, noted that the law only applied to general elections and not the runoffs.

In response, the Democrats noted that 19 of the state's counties, which include Atlanta's Fulton County, will offer in-person early voting on November 26. Under the new election law, those who want to vote early in the runoff election must be able to do so statewide from November 28 to December 2.

The race between Republican candidate Brian Walker and Democrat Arthur “Buddy” Warnock for the Senate seat will determine if the Democrats will have a majority in the upper chamber.

In the general election on November 8, the two candidates were able to secure around 50% of the vote. However, the minor-party candidate Chase Oliver received around 2.1% of the vote. Under Georgia law, a runoff election must be conducted if no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote.

The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on New York Post.

Written by Staff Reports

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