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Voter registration extended for Georgia's 6th district runoff election

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Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff. (SOURCE: Campaign, Twitter) Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff. (SOURCE: Campaign, Twitter)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A federal judge ruled, Thursday, to extend the deadline for voter registration until May 21 to take part in the run off election between Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel.

The old registration deadline was March 20.

Georgia's Secretary of State was sued by various civil rights groups who argued preventing people from participating in the run-off vote who were not signed up in time for the first round of voting is unconstitutional. Federal law says voters should be allowed to register as late as 30 days before and election.



The lawsuit reads, "Georgia officials will deny them the right to vote because Georgia’s unlawful voter registration scheme requires voters to have registered thirty days in advance of the initial election held on April 18, even though that cut-off date was three months prior to the runoff election."

Before the decision was made to extend registration, Secretary of State Brian Kemp's spokeswoman called the suit "politically motivated." Candice Broce argued a runoff is a continuation of an initial election under Georgia law. She says last-minute changes would complicate preparations for the runoff.

The Secretary of State's office argued against the extension because it will put an extra strain on the department's resources that they did not already budget for.

This decision will likely set a precedent for the way run-off elections in Georgia are handled in the future. 

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