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While much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the post-election shenanigans in south Florida that resulted in a recount for the U.S. Senate seat and governorship, the governor’s race in Georgia also remains uncalled at this time as Democrat-led legal fights have delayed the certification of the vote totals in the hope of similarly triggering a recount or runoff election.
Those efforts to delay the inevitable declaration of victory for Republican candidate Brian Kemp may have finally run their course, though, and even as Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams camp is calling a federal judge’s ruling on Wednesday a “major victory” for Democrats, the reality is the ruling was a split decision that ultimately favored Kemp and should result in a swift conclusion to the legal battles.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that U.S District Judge Steve Jones issued a ruling on three separate but related issues Abrams had raised, ruling in favor of Abrams on one issue while ruling in favor of Kemp on the other two.
The favorable ruling for Abrams was in regard to a request that absentee ballots with a missing or incorrect birth date still be counted if all other information for the registered voter checked out, which the judge agreed with and ordered the state to accept prior to finalizing the vote results.
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However, that “major victory” was actually something of a moot point, as another judge had already ordered as much with respect to Gwinnet County, the Secretary of State’s Office had already agreed to accept such ballots and four other major counties — Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Henry — had already counted and reported such ballots.
Meanwhile, the judge ruled against two other requests from Abrams, namely a request that absentee ballots with incorrect residence addresses be counted as well as a request that provisional ballots cast...
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