Noting that it was likely that the administration of former Georgia Secretary of State and self-proclaimed governor-elect Brian Kemp likely failed to “properly maintain a reliable and secure voter registration system,” a federal judge said the state must review provisional ballots cast in a contentious Nov. 6 election.
In ruling on a case brought by Common Cause Georgia, U.S. District for the Northern District of Georgia Judge Amy Totenberg ordered the Secretary of State’s office to ensure the ballots are counted and “to immediately establish and publicize on its website a secure and free-access hotline or website for provisional ballot voters to access to determine whether their provisional ballots were counted and if not, the reason why.”
Initial results indicated Republican Kemp, who has been slammed for the state’s election security woes and accused of voter suppression as he purged voter rolls throughout the state, was the winner of the Nov. 6 gubernatorial election. But as provisional and absentee votes are counted, his lead has shrunk. His Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has refused to concede, contending that once all ballots are counted Kemp is likely to fall below the 50 percent threshold, resulting in a Dec. 4 runoff between the two.
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