In Georgia Runoff, Some Counties OK Weekend Voting, After Judge Ruling

The counties are offering weekend voting after a Fulton County judge this past weekend ruled the Georgia Secretary of State cannot prohibit then from having voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Voters line up for the first day of early voting outside of the High Museum polling station on December 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgians are headed to the polls to vote in a run off election for two U.S. Senate seats.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The judge’s order Friday is being considered a victory for the state Democratic Party and their candidate, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, who’s facing a challenge from Republican Hershel Walker.
  • Voting begins Nov. 28 and ends Dec. 6, with the only opportunity for Saturday voting being the one after Thanksgiving.
  • Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recently issued a “bulletin” saying state law does not allow voting for two days after a holiday, which would mean no voting on Saturday after Thanksgiving Thursday.
  • “Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences,” Raffensperger said about the two, who filed the suit together and that resulted in the judge’s ruling.

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