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Judge determines Georgia 'exact match' rule will not apply to midterms

A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia's "exact match" rules for voter registration will not apply for next week's midterm, allowing people to vote.

It's a victory for Democrats, who had their vote for some of their voters away from the polls during Tuesday's midterm elections. Democrats had a great time with them.

They're the Republican candidate for governor. Brian Kemp is a Republican candidate for governor.

"Another day, another major defeat for Brian Kemp's voter suppression efforts," Rebecca DeHart, executive director for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said in a statement.

Voting rights has become a major issue in Kemp's race against Democrat Stacy Abrams, who would be the nation's first African American woman governor if she wins.

Kemp's office largely shrugged off the decision, saying it agreed that the exact match rule should not apply to next week's midterm elections.

In a statement, Candice L. Broce, press secretary and staff attorney at the office, called it "a minor change to the current system."

Eleanor L. Ross, U.S. Pat. district judge from the Northern District of Georgia, ruled that the exact match rules were kept in place, it could cause people with suspended voter registration applications "Irreparable harm if they loose the right to vote."

Ross is appointee of former President Obama who took the position in 2013.

The "exact match" law marks an applicant's registration as "pending". The information on the state's Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.

If marked pending, the applicant has 26 months to provide the accurate information.

Friday's decision will let people who have their applications "flagged and placed in pending status due to citizenship," to vote on Nov. 6 a state driver's license even if expired, a state voter identification card, or a. passport.

Those with pending applications held up for "exact match" Friday's decision.

Voters want to get provisional ballots and provide the needed information to a registrar before the Friday after the election.

In a separate decision this week, another Georgia judge ruled that absentee ballot applications in violation of this rule could not be thrown out.

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, is one of the most committed lawmakers in the world.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg of the sort of obstacles that are being placed in front of voters – disproportionately minority voters," she said.

Broce said that in the decision earlier this week on absentee ballots, the judge had recognized that the "changing terrestrial options" would be a "terrible idea."

She said that in Friday's decision, Ross "acknowledged that Georgia already has a trial in place to check on citizenship at the polls."

She cast Ross's decision to allow as many managers as possible to participate in the verification process as a minor change.

Broce's statement did not directly address Ross's decision to allow people who had applications in their polling locations.



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