Federal judges in Georgia will hear arguments Thursday in Republican-led lawsuits to restrict absentee voting ahead of next month’s Senate runoffs — the first salvos in a GOP effort to change voting rules for future elections following President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020.
Republicans have filed three lawsuits in the state ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs, in which hundreds of thousands of people have already voted by mail or in person for races that will decide control of the Senate in 2021. The suits primarily target the use of drop-boxes to return absentee ballots.
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UPDATE: One of the cases has already been tossed.
🚨BREAKING: Federal Court DISMISSES Republican challenges to Georgia’s use of drop boxes, processing of absentee ballots prior to election day and signature match procedures. 1st of 3 case brought by GOP to suppress the vote in upcoming Senate run-off.https://t.co/OISfpUlJRF
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