Georgia Supreme Court allows early voting Saturday in US Senate runoff election

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The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of allowing early voting this Saturday for the U.S. Senate runoff election.

The state and some Republican groups previously objected to having early voting this weekend, citing a provision in state law preventing in-person early voting on a Saturday if it preceded a holiday. 

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Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, who also serves as the head pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, speaks from the pulpit.
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Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and GOP candidate Herschel Walker is set to take place Dec. 6.

The state high court issued a one-sentence order ruling to allow the early voting without comment.

The Warnock campaign has argued that provision did not apply to statewide runoff elections.

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Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker talks with supporters during a rally in Milton, Georgia, on Monday.

Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker talks with supporters during a rally in Milton, Georgia, on Monday.
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The Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling upholds a lower court’s approval for the early voting accommodations.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Cox Jr. made the decision after hearing arguments on Friday, according to FOX 5

Warnock’s campaign, the Democratic Party of Georgia, and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, all sued the State of Georgia, arguing that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “misreads” and “cherry-picks” the state’s election law.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, left, and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speak at their respective election-night watch parties in Atlanta on Nov. 8, 2022.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, left, and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speak at their respective election-night watch parties in Atlanta on Nov. 8, 2022.
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In a statement following the lower court’s decision, Raffensperger said that Warnock and Democrats are attempting to change election laws in the state.

“Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences,” Raffensperger said. “Instead of muddying the water and pressuring counties to ignore Georgia law, Senator Warnock should be allowing county election officials to continue preparations for the upcoming runoff.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.

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