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BY: David Rutz
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a metro Atlanta county must accept absentee ballots that were rejected because of birthdate errors, but she noted her ruling would only apply to a "small portion of the outstanding absentee ballots."
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U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May ruled Gwinnett County may not reject "absentee ballots containing an error or omission relating to the absentee voter‘s year of birth" and must "delay certification until such ballots have been counted," according to Fox 5 Atlanta. Narrowing her ruling to those ballots with birthdate errors, she said such rejections violated the Civil Rights Act.
The ruling could affect as few as 323 votes, however, with the judge noting 265 ballots were rejected because voters didn't put in their birth year and another 58 were rejected for voters mistakenly writing they were born in 2018.
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"The relief requested applies to only a small portion of the outstanding absentee ballots," May wrote. "Plaintiffs argue that Gwinnett County has rejected at least 265 absentee ballots solely because voters omitted their year of birth and at least 58 absentee ballots because voters erroneously wrote that they were born in 2018. While this Court does not discount the tireless efforts of Gwinnett County elections officials to ensure a fair and accurate election, the Court is not convinced that...
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