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Judge in Georgia orders county to accept late ballots

The ruling was a result of a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Friday, November 9th 2018, 9:01 PM EST by Associated Press
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Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 6:01 AM EST
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. AP photo
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. AP photo

A judge in Dougherty County has ordered the county to accept absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Friday.

The ruling was a result of a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Abrams for Governor campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy says the campaign will continue to take legal action as necessary until every eligible vote is counted.

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The campaign filed a complaint in federal court asking for an injunction to direct the board of elections to count any absentee ballots received between 7 p.m. on Election Day and close of business Friday, which is consistent with the way that counting overseas military and overseas citizens' ballots is handled.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's midterm election show Republican Brian Kemp with 50.3 percent of the vote. That's a lead that would make him the victor without a runoff.

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