Court Rules Against Brian Kemp On Voter Suppression

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

A federal judge on Friday ordered that new U.S. citizens must be allowed to vote if they show proof of citizenship at the polls. U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross ruled against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who had argued that state law already provides a process for new citizens to vote.

But Ross’ order said that process wasn’t working because some citizens have been turned away from the polls. The ruling comes just four days before Tuesday’s election for governor between Kemp, a Republican, and Stacey Abrams, a Democrat.

“Allowing poll managers to verify proof of citizenship would alleviate the severe burden on individuals who have been flagged and placed in pending status for citizenship while still serving the state’s interest of ensuring that only United States’ citizens are voting,” Ross wrote.