Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Judge rules against Kemp over Georgia voting restrictions days before gubernatorial election

Judge rules against Kemp over Georgia voting restrictions days before gubernatorial election

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence appeared with Kemp at three rallies around the state on Thursday. In October, a coalition of civil rights groups sued him.

Kemp's spokeswoman, Candice L. Broce, called the ruling "a minor change to the current system". She also said the election is about issues like expanding Medicaid insurance and focusing state spending on public education, job training and small business start-ups. Voters who were flagged and still pending can still vote if they show official forms of identification at the polls, such as a valid or expired Georgia driver's license, a valid Georgia voter identification card, a valid student photo ID card issued by a Georgia school or a passport.

The vice president is throwing his support behind Republican nominee Brian Kemp in the tight race, and at a Thursday rally, he charged that Abrams is "bankrolled by Hollywood liberals".

"So I'm canvassing for Stacey Abrams". A top Abrams aide said Kemp and Trump have contributed to a poisonous atmosphere, and that Kemp has been silent on previous racially loaded attacks on Abrams. He's banking on running up wide margins outside metro Atlanta and holding most of the GOP votes closer to the city.

But Georgia Democrats, Abrams chief among them, say the policies are purposefully heavy-handed and make voting more hard for legal citizens, especially minority voters that tend to lean Democrat.

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Kemp's involvement in election procedures while a candidate has also drawn criticism.

Ross' ruling allows the naturalized citizens to vote in Tuesday's midterm election if they present proof of citizenship at the polls.

The ACLU announced on Friday that another court had sided against Kemp in a different voting rights case.

Kemp, Georgia's Secretary of State, has been challenged for his decision to freeze some 50,000 voter applications.

Kemp did not address the robocalls at his only scheduled campaign stop on Saturday, at a Cuban restaurant in a north-Atlanta suburb.

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