U.S. courts rule against Georgia on voter suppression cases

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Pence visited the state to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia today to stump for Kemp and President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend.

Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp are locked in a tight race that offers a stark choice in a state accustomed to business-minded, centrist governors.

Kemp's opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, and civil liberties groups have accused Kemp of voter suppression because of the racial disparity in the pending applications.

The "exact match" law flags voter registrations that are found to have discrepancies, such as a dropped hyphen, with other official identifications.

Polls suggest Abrams and Kemp are deadlocked in one of the hottest matchups of the midterm elections.

A spokeswoman for state Attorney General Chris Carr did not immediately say whether the state would appeal.

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The law is the subject of a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups now working its way through federal courts.

"Allowing poll managers to verify proof of citizenship would alleviate the severe burden on individuals who have been flagged and placed in pending status for citizenship while still serving the state's interest of ensuring that only United States' citizens are voting", Ross wrote.

Aubrey Shines commented on how Oprah Winfrey said that the ancestors of black Georgians would be proud of them for voting for Stacey Abrams.

In her remarks at Thursday's town hall with Abrams, Winfrey told the crowd that she is a registered independent, "because I don't want any party and I don't want any kind of partisan influence telling me what decisions I get to make for myself".

In a recent campaign statement, Kemp also said that minority participation is up and turnout records have been exceeded during his tenure as secretary of state.

The ruling by Eleanor Ross, the USA district judge for the northern district of Georgia, affects more than 3,000 people whose voter registrations were put on hold over possible citizenship issues. In October, a coalition of civil rights groups sued him.

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