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Oct 22, 2018

Primer: Georgia Faces Two More Lawsuits Over Election Practices

Kansas Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach is desperately trying to keep under wraps video excerpts of a deposition he gave last year while defending in court his prized law requiring Kansans to show proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The decision as to whether the tape should become public is in a federal judge’s hands after Kobach objected to the challengers’ move to hand the tape over to media outlets that were requesting it. Kobach has explicitly said he fears the video will be cut into campaign ads against him. Georgia has become a hotspot for election-related litigation. In addition to the lawsuit against its “exact match” system earlier this month, two more lawsuits were filed last week challenging how state and local election officials handle absentee ballots and ballot applications. One lawsuit focused on ballots thrown out because the birth date was left blank or filled in incorrectly, while another challenges election officials’ practice of throwing…

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