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April 8, 2019 4:51 p.m.

Voting Rights: Georgia’s Controversial Exact Match Law Is Dead

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) — whose handling, as secretary of state, of the 2018 election while he was running for governor prompted multiple voting rights controversies — signed into law legislation that included several Dem-backed provisions addressing some of the biggest scandals of the last cycle. The bill prohibits the relocation of polling places within 60 days of an election. It also ends of the practice of throwing out absentee ballots because alleged signature mismatch, or because there are minor discrepancies when compared to the state’s records on a voter. Due to security concerns about provisions dealing with voting machine technology, Democrats did not ultimately support the broader legislation as it advanced in the statehouse. Yet another federal judge struck down the Census citizenship question. U.S. District Judge George Hazel, of Maryland, is the second judge to rule that the question is unconstitutional and the third judge to say the way in which it was added violated administrative law. Whether…

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