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Latina candidate disqualified before primary

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A candidate for a Georgia house race has been disqualified before Primary Day because of state rules.

Maria Palacios was in Hall County's District Race 29. She was born in Mexico and became a U.S. citizen in June of 2017. The Secretary of State says Georgia law requires any state representative candidate to be a citizen for two years.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the decision is wrong and it will challenge the ruling in court.

"The Secretary of State says that in order to be a citizen of the state, you have to be a United States citizen," says Sean Young, legal director of the ACLU of Georgia. "That doesn't appear anywhere in the Georgia constitution."

The organization is hoping the Fulton County Superior Court will reverse the disqualification in time for the general election in November.

Palacios' name will remain on Tuesday's ballot, but there will be signs telling voters she was disqualified.

CBS46 will keep you posted.

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